'Severely Understaffed' Astroworld Security Had Code Word In Case Of Deaths
A member of the security team at Travis Scott's Astroworld festival in Houston - at which eight people were killed in a crowd surge on Friday - has claimed that the event was 'severely understaffed'.
Furthermore, a lengthy document issued to security personnel before the show has revealed that there was a code word to be used in the event of suspected deaths at the event.
The 56-page event operations plan for the festival included instructions for many potential scenarios including active shooter situations, bomb scares, and terrorist threats, but did not include anything on crowd surges.
It read: "In any situation where large groups of people are gathering, there is the potential for a civil disturbance/riot that can present a grave risk to the safety and security of employees and guests,
"The key in properly dealing with this type of scenario is proper management of the crowd from the minute the doors open. Crowd management techniques will be employed to identify potentially dangerous crowd behavior in its early stages in an effort to prevent a civil disturbance/riot."
Elsewhere in the plan, staff were told to 'notify Event Control of a suspected deceased victim utilizing the code Smurf'.
It added: "Never use the term 'dead' or 'deceased' over the radio."
Despite the plan in place for security at the event, one of the security guards employed for the event admitted that he 'bailed' on the night of the show because it was 'severely understaffed'.
Darius Williams, hired by Contemporary Services Corporation (CSC) told TMZ he was put into 'security-type roles, which I didn't have any real training in' after a short training period that concluded at 11:00pm the night before the gig.