These points need to be highly visible and be constantly manned throughout the event and for a minimum of two hours after the event has finished. They will need to have free phone facilities to enable the lost/separated person to contact friends within the event to meet at the point and/or contact family outside the event to either make them aware they are safe or arrange safe transport home. The points will also need transport information and emergency funds in the case of the lost person havinnoon money. It is easy to loose sight of your friends and companions at these events. Given the nature of these events, people often become separated, may loose money or mobile phones and become stranded. People MUST have a back up option and have a safe place to go to in the event that this happens. With the ability to contact friends within the event the separated person can arrange to meet their friends at these safe meeting points and/or make someone aware that they are safe. These areas will also allow people to find transport or contact a family member or friend outside of the event for safe transportation home.
Having recently lost a local young man in this way I am campaigning for this to become standard routine and most importantly, obligatory. Too many people leave these events, being herded out, with often no knowledge of the local area, no pre-arranged travel plans and in a case where a person is alone, without funds or the ability to contact someone for assistance this can, and does lead to tragedy.
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