While we anticipate a safe and productive conference in coordination with venue security and local authorities, please familiarize yourself with on-site safety procedures and local resources:

Local Medical Facilities:

  • Nearest Hospital:  St. Joseph Medical Center, 1401 St. Joseph Parkway, Houston, TX 77002, (713) 757-1000 main line, (713) 757-7557 emergency room, 1.1 miles from the convention center
  • Nearest 24-hour Pharmacy: Walgreens (Hawthorne & Montrose Blvd), 3317 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006, (713) 520-7777, 3 miles from the convention center
  • Nearest Pharmacy (not 24 hours):  CVS, 917 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002, (713) 982-5565, .5 miles from the convention center
  • Nearest Urgent Care: MedSpring Urgent Care, 2707 Milam Street, Houston, TX  77006, (832) 632-7135, 1 mile from the convention center.

Medical Assistance / Emergencies:
To report any major emergency within the convention center, dial x8087 from a house phone or call (713) 853-8087 to reach the building security office.  If you dial 911 to report an emergency, please also call (713) 853-8087 so the security office can coordinate with emergency personnel to get them to the proper location as quickly as possible.  Please report as much information concerning the incident (location, specifics of the emergency, condition of the injured including approximate age and gender).  There are also 18 AEDs located throughout the center for those trained in their use.  For any non-life threatening situations, stop by the First Aid Office on Level 1 of the building outside of Exhibit Hall A.   

Fire / Fire Alarms:
If you see smoke, flames or smell something burning, notify building security and provide concise, accurate information about the location and severity of the fire or potential fire.  In instances of minor fires, fire extinguishers are located throughout the building. For more serious situations, contact building security so they can activate the fire alarm and start the evacuation process.

If you hear a fire alarm listen for an announcement from building security to determine whether an evacuation is necessary to another area within the facility or to an exterior location.  If requested to evacuate, please move calmly to the nearest emergency exit and follow instructions given by convention center personnel.  Do not use elevators or escalators during an evacuation.  

Disturbances or Confrontations:
If you encounter or are involved in a heated argument use your best judgement to assess the situation and determine if it’s something that could be resolved with intervention.  Never put yourself in a situation that can become harmful to you.  Call building security for disturbances that have escalated to be potentially dangerous to people or property and inform them of the location and action of the individuals involved.

Active Shooter:
The best option is to flee the premises and remove yourself from the shooter’s path if you are able to do so safely. If you are unable to safely evacuate the path of an active shooter the next best option is to hide, avoid detection and wait for law enforcement to arrive. Your last resort is to fight back if you find yourself face-to-face with the shooter in hopes of incapacitating or disarming them.  This should only be considered an extreme last resort.  

Suspicious Package:
If you encounter a suspicious package (no return address, poorly handwritten, excessive postage, misspelled words, strange odor or sounds, etc…) alert building security but move a safe distance away from the package before utilizing a two-way radio or cellphone as they have the potential to detonate a bomb.  Do not touch or move the package.  Building security will evaluate the threat and determine if the building should be evacuated.

Hazardous or Infectious Materials:
If you see or are told of a hazardous (for example spills of more than 1 gallon of bleach or gasoline) or infectious (for example, blood or other bodily fluids) spill or smell an unfamiliar or peculiar odor, call building security.  Evacuate the area immediately, closing doors behind you.  Do not attempt to clean up the spill yourself. If the hazardous material comes in contact with your skin, immediately flush the area with a large amount of water and seek medical attention.  

Anti-Harassment Policy:
The American Wind Energy Association is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone at AWEA events. AWEA seeks to provide a conference environment in which diverse attendees may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in a professional atmosphere. AWEA does not tolerate harassment of attendees in any form. Use of sexual or discriminatory language and imagery is not appropriate for any AWEA event. Violators of this Event Anti-Harassment Policy may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the AWEA event organizers. 

Visit www.awea.org/noharassment for more information. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an AWEA staff member immediately. All complaints will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly. To report an incident at this event go to the WINDPOWER show office in Room 211 and request to speak with a member of the AWEA leadership team. Or call Stefanie Brown, Vice President, Education & Conferences at (202) 236-6366 or Jana Adams, SVP Member Value & Experience at (703) 722-1399. For on-site emergencies, dial 8087 from any house phone or call (713) 853-8087.