A Made in America experience as told by a Red Cross volunteer in the Medic Tent attached to the Main Stage:
Among the gazillion things I find myself involved in, professional development always takes precedence. That of which includes being involved with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. The Disaster Action Team (DAT) serves as the first people at a disaster scene(local and sometimes nationwide) who provide comfort and direct assistance to help those who have been affected as they begin the recovery process. In the past three years, Philadelphia's Office of Emergency Management has invited us to support the Made in America Festival. Our responsibility was to support the EMS at designated first aide tents.
It was a unique opportunity to be a part of because being stationed at the medic tent closest to the headliners stage means all the headline artist have to walk past before getting on stage.
Most importantly, this was busiest tent at the event which served as great exposure into the world of festivals from a life safety perspective. Now, I don't want to bore you too much with stories about underage kids overdosing and passing out. But the tent was vital to making sure the festival went smoothly. If you are interested in learning more about the safety tools put in place for the booming festival industry, check out this article I came across on NFPA.com.
Anyway, during breaks and after assisting with my shift, I got to enjoy the concert FOR FREE. And might I add, they were thee BEST seat a girl could ask for. Thanks Red Cross!
O yea!.....Sasha Obama came through with her entourage.