Dreamville launches Fest Emergency Alert system ahead of large event

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- More than 40,000 people are expected to descend on downtown Raleigh for Dreamville. Festival organizers are assuring that health, safety and security are a top priority for the weekend-long affair.

People are being encouraged to sign up ahead of time for Fest Emergency Alerts to stay in the loop.

Jonathon Leach is gearing up for the Dreamville experience. He didn't go in 2019 and definitely is not missing it this time.

"It's unbelievable. We've never had anything like this in Raleigh before. We get a chance to experience things that go on in Atlanta, LA, NY and they're bringing it right here," said Raleigh resident Jonathon Leach.

He trusts the party in his hometown will go off without a hitch.

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"Everything is in place, I think it'll work out. The way that they have the parking set up and the way that they have the people come in," said Leach.

Organizers are implementing some changes.

Attendees have to provide an emergency contact.

They're also being encouraged a look at the map ahead of time or keep a screenshot saved on their phone, to know where all nine emergency exits are located if something were to happen.

Security expert Patrick Fiel of PVF Security Consulting says putting on an event "takes a lot of people. A lot of agencies involved in this type of event."

He says there are lessons learned from previous tragedies.

Back in 2017, a lone gunman shot into a crowd at a Las Vegas concert, leaving 61 people dead, including himself.

Ten people died last year after a crowd surge at Astroworld during a Travis Scott concert.

"I've been told they're going to be doing it identically to an airport security measure," said Fiel. "You're definitely going to walk through magnetometers, you're definitely going to be screened, going to be pat down as needed."

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Festivalgoers will not be able to bring blankets, chairs, or outside food to Dix Park.

Getting to Dreamville will likely be tough for drivers.

The Raleigh Police Department says officers will be out directing traffic, and working to ensure attendees have a blast while enjoying the city.
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