Delores Robinson OEMC News Affairs 312-746-9454
** MEDIA ADVISORY**
Chicago – The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) advises concert-attendees to be safe and prepared while attending Lollapalooza in Grant Park this weekend and urges the public to be aware of traffic disruptions and increased crowds in the area.
“As music fans enjoy the festivities this weekend, it is important that they stay hydrated and take steps to remain cool to prevent heat-related illness,” said Gary W. Schenkel, OEMC Executive Director. “As it does for every large-scale event, our operations center will monitor the festival to ensure the safety of the public. In the unlikely event of a public emergency, OEMC has the authority to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the safety of attendees and residents.”
Public Safety and Security: With an expected crowd of 100,000 each day, OEMC advises those attending the concerts to be prepared for crowds, weather conditions and security measures put in place for public safety.
Weather Conditions: At this point, the National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the mid to upper 80’s and 90’s for the weekend; however, attendees should dress accordingly to avoid heat-related emergencies. Cooling buses and water stations are available throughout the Lollapalooza footprint and fans are allowed to bring up to two factory-sealed water bottles (one liter in size) to the event to avoid dehydration.
Weather Shelters: With this weekend’s forecast including a chance of thunderstorms, OEMC reminds the public of the visible public blue and white signage installed to direct people to designated extreme weather shelters during severe weather conditions, such as heavy to torrential rain, high wind, lightning, hail storms and tornadoes.
There are three (3) primary emergency evacuation shelter sites in the event of severe weather:
1. Grant Park North Garage – enter through vehicle entrance on Michigan Avenue
2. Grant Park South Garage – enter through vehicle entrance on Michigan Avenue
3. East Monroe Street Garage – enter through vehicle entrance on Michigan Avenue
Avoid heat-related emergencies: The Chicago Department of Public Health continues to encourage all residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat-related illness, such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Additional tips during Lollapalooza include:
Street Closures: Lollapalooza runs from August 3rd to August 5th. Some street closures around Grant Park are already in place; however, additional closures should be expected through August 9th.
|July 23 – August 9||Balbo||Lake Shore Drive||Columbus|
|July 25 – August 8||Jackson||Lake Shore Drive||Columbus|
|August 1 – August 6||Balbo||Columbus||Michigan|
|August 1 – August 6||Jackson||Columbus||Michigan|
|August 1 – August 6||Congress Parkway||Columbus||Michigan|
|August 1 – August 6||Columbus||Monroe||Roosevelt|
Public Transportation: Public transportation is encouraged. CTA and Metra provide additional service for the event. Please visit the CTA website for details at www.transitchicago.com or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA.
OEMC Traffic and Weather Notifications: Sign up for free real-time traffic and weather alerts at www.notifychicago.org.
For more information on Lollapalooza, visit www.lollapalooza.com
The Office of Emergency Management was established in 1995 to coordinate the City’s delivery of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services resources. OEMC operates Chicago’s public safety communications system, managing emergency situations and coordinating major events, 311 and 911 Communications Operations. OEMC is also the host to Notify Chicago, a resource for residents to subscribe to receive text and voice alerts related to traffic disruptions, severe weather, health and major incidents. For more information visit our website at www.cityofchicago.org/oemc or “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook/coemc.