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Safety remains top priority for all Derby Festival Events

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email
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LOUISVILLE, Ky (WKYT) -

Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the many events of the Kentucky Derby Festival.

In the wake of the deadly explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, concerns are beginning to circulate of the safety of the spectators here in Kentucky.

Officials with the Kentucky Derby Festival held a press conference Monday afternoon to reassure people that safety will continue to be their top priority for upcoming events.

Organizers have increased security measures for the various Derby events in Louisville since the September 11th attacks in 2001.

Derby officials say they have an emergency information action plan in place. They plan to continue working with city agencies to make sure all events are safe and secure.

"Thunder Over Louisville was used as a case study by the federal government in how to communicate and how to respond to emergencies," says Mike Berry, the Chief Executive Officer of the events.

"We have two very massive mobile tent units that are triage hospitals that are on either side of the venue," says Matt Gibson, Vice President of the Festival.

During the press conference, organizers also addressed the idea of "See something, say something" and the importance of reporting any concerns to 911 immediately.

All events leading up the Kentucky Derby including the Derby are scheduled to go on as planned.


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