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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:15 pm

Miss Teagenie is 100% correct, when we were both leaving the board with the ride waiting times kept scrolling "would the owner of a pink suitcase left at front of house lockers contact security asap"  I wouldnt want to be the person who had to face security to collect it!
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:24 pm

In a way I'm glad that this happened as it really does demonstrate to you just how well prepared Alton Towers is to deal with any potential incident of this nature. Of course, this was just someone that had left some luggage by accident and it's funny to look back at it now, but I'm glad they were able to respond efficiently and get guests to evacuate as quickly and safely as possible.

But I still doubt that anyone would ever target Alton Towers in such a way. Especially when the area of the park in question is just a (often) deserted street with the odd shop, a cookie stand and some fountains. :P
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:30 pm

I can understand why an unattended suitcase would cause concern. Why bring such a big bag on to the park and leave it!?
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:34 pm

aru wrote:
I can understand why an unattended suitcase would cause concern. Why bring such a big bag on to the park and leave it!?


1. Bomb scare. BOOM! And there goes a few thousand pounds of Merlin's money.
2. Maybe it was a two or three day stay and (for some reason) they decided to carry their luggage around (and accidentally leave it behind somehow!!!)
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:16 pm

That would be so evil to blow up the Towers Street  :P
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:21 pm

But if someone did blow up towers street then maybe it would get a general refresh? :P

Anyway glad to hear it was nothing and no one was hurt.
 
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Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:24 pm

Glad to hear that it was all nothing in the end... But joking about bomb scares guys, really?


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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:37 pm

Sounds like a bit of a song and dance, but suspect packages usually cause such things.
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:42 pm

The amusing thing was to get into the park there was literally just a staff member standing at the Mutiny Bay gates holding out a plastic bag for you to throw your ticket into. No checking the date, or even if it was a ticket for that matter.
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:57 pm

ok, so IF it was a bomb scare, the exclusion zone for a suitcase would be 

Small 100 metres
medium 150 metres.
large 200 metres

I wonder what code word they use? Mr Case is the usual one. 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:58 pm

Maybe they tried to fit it in a locker? You never know!
 
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:01 pm

Delta79 wrote:
ok, so IF it was a bomb scare, for a medium sized suitcase the exclusion zone would be 150 metres.


Distrubing how you know this...  :?
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:09 pm

Not really. It's a standard sort of procedure for workers in lots of public institutions (with varying figures according to current recomendations and situations).

In a similar way the evecuation decribed in the first post is a standard evacuation procedure (such as fire alarms)... ie. do not engage in conversation with guests, be firm in repeating directions, etc.
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:14 pm

Why is it disturbing Benjy. in this day and age the risk of terrorist attack is a bit higher than it once was.

Many companies and organizations prepare for this type of incident, and send a small group of staff to a one day course on what to do when it happens. and i am part of my employers emergency evacuation team, and this falls into our remit.
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:32 pm

Delta79 wrote:
in this day and age the risk of terrorist attack is a bit higher than it once was.

Back in the 80's and 90's, it felt like there was a bomb threat somewhere in the UK at least once a week, with an actual bomb every six months or so.
The fictional terrorist threat we are told to fear these days has produced how many actual attacks? The London tube bombs, and...... ?
 
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Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:43 pm

America has some how managed to make the UK forget that we used to get bombed quite a lot, i think that's why we are generally so well prepared for these things.
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:49 pm

thanks diogo, i stand corrected. "in this day and age of paranoia the risk of attack seen by people is higher than it really is"
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:01 pm

Can I just ask why Alton Towers is at high risk of being bombed? Is it because it's always got loads of people there???
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Fri Jun 01, 2012 11:25 pm

I'llookdownifiwanto wrote:
Can I just ask why Alton Towers is at high risk of being bombed? Is it because it's always got loads of people there???

I'd imagine that that's the most likely possibility, yes. :)
 
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Re: Towers St evacuation

Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:12 am

Blow up Towers Street/Plaza area just before the turnstiles are open then many many people will be wiped out. Also Alton Towers is a well known place so the terrorists will get publicity for their cause.

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