Our Festival Safety folks work tirelessly before and over the weekend to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable time.
Our First Aid Station – Located near the Main Stage and Children’s Playground, this tent is staffed 24/7 with trained and licensed medical professionals, under the direction of Dr. Michael Traktman. All minor medical situations should be directed to the First Aid Station. On occasion, our physical may recommend additional medical care and contact 911. The First Aid team works closely with our CARE and Security Teams.
C.A.R.E Team ( Check, Assess, Respond, Educate) – This is a dedicated group of mental health professionals and counselors with years of experience in helping folks with mental illness, helping with personal conflicts, illness or injury, lost children/parents, or other unforeseen emergencies. Under the direction of Coorindators, Nicole Lackey and Ashley Jenema, there are two CARE volunteers are on duty 24/7 and are usually seen walking around Festival grounds with blue vests on. The CARE Team works closely with the Security Team and the First Aid volunteers.
Security Team – Our Security team Coordinator is Randy Bertram. He heads up our largest volunteer group of the Festival. Our Security team is housed in the large tent near the Children’s Playground and has volunteers in the tent and on the grounds 24/7. Our Security team volunteers wear orange vests. Duties include surveying the perimeter, checking for wristbands/camping tags/parking tags, monitors and reports illegal activities and in general keep everyone safe. The Security Team works closely with the First Aid Tent and the CARE Team.
Local Law Enforcement – The Hiawatha Music Co-op collaborates with the City of Marquette Police Department to help us have a safe event. You may see our City Police on the grounds in uniform or not in uniform, walking around, usually during the evenings or on occasion assisting our Security Team with a challenging situation.
Emergency Evacuation – To stay tuned to severe weather alters, please download the App, “Remind” or sign up by sending a text to 81010 and typing in @hiawatha. Festival Director and Board maintain regular and emergency contact with the local National Weather Service staff to stay informed of impending inclement weather.