Poor Planning and 911 SNAFU Leads to Runners Death

Peter Haas, could not have known that he would collapse and ultimately die after completing the recent Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5K run. Many will spend time in the near and foreseeable future leveling blame and pointing fingers relative to whose fault it was and why he died.

Important questions come to mind here, such as did staff and organizers make reasonable efforts to plan and prepare or did they provide minimum required levels to be “compliant”?

Ultimately, in some situations there may be no way to save a life at risk. Likewise, there are many situations where we can do more to prepare. Doing more will allow you to sleep better at night, and will hopefully make a difference when the opportunity to make the effort counts. There may be no guarantees, but you can always try to tilt the odds in your favor.

Planning Tips:

• Placing emergency supplies and equipment strategically so that it is accessible; it should not be more that 3 minutes away allowing for time to summon aid.
• Train staff at all levels regularly to use equipment effectively; with basic training and drills you can reinforce fundamentals like how to communicate effectively with 9-1-1 dispatchers and on-site security staff.
• Plan and practice for foreseeable issues like smoke alarm activations and resulting evacuations, medical emergencies like cardiac arrest / stroke / seizures and don’t forget about the potential for disasters.

Compliance is important, but more important ask yourself “Are we capable”? Do we know what our baseline level of performance is and where our “weak links” are? What are we doing about it to improve where we can?

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