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Linkin Park: 'StormReady' at concerts

Natalie Thomas, reporter
September 11, 2012 — Over the past couple of years, stage collapses during stormy weather have been making headlines. But there's one band trying to change that. The Weather Network recently met up with Linkin Park in Vancouver.

Getting ready for a Linkin Park concert
Getting ready for a Linkin Park concert

The band Linkin Park has sold over 50 million albums. They have won two Grammys. And most recently, they are the first band to receive StormReady Supporter recognition by the National Weather Service, for their 2012 world tour. 

"We're proud to be the first to do it, we're proud to be taking all of the necessary actions to be safe and keep our audience safe," says Jim Digby. "And we do hope that it inspires others. We hope that everybody will see that it's an easy operation to get StormReady."

Jim is the band's Director of Touring, and after last summer's tragic weather related stage collapses, he and the band wanted to put safety first. 

"I certainly don't want my son or daughter to be going to an event somewhere in the near future or down the road, and have anything happen to them. And if we can do something to inspire the industry to change and be more prepared then I think we're doing the right thing."

To become StormReady, a series of steps had to be taken - including enlisting the help of Weather Ops, a meteorological service. And a Weather Action Plan had to be created.

Indiana State Fair stage collapse
Indiana State Fair stage collapse

"As part of our preparedness plan we are carrying with us a Davis weather instrument that we deploy on stage every day, so that we can have real time nowcasting from that device. We can see, in addition to the forecasting that we're getting out of Weather Ops,what's really happening on stage."

The band's Weather Action Plan has already been put to good use, including at their September 2nd show in Edmonton. 

"It was an outdoor event, in the cold, the rain and the wind. We were facing 40 mile an hour winds when we got off the bus. We enacted our safety plan early in the morning, and we managed to have the show with everything in tact, and we got away from there with everything in tact and nobody hurt."

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