Category: Safety

Frequently asked questions about Furry Weekend Atlanta’s safety.

I’m worried about someone threatening me at the convention?

Security at the convention is designed to keep the attendees safe and everyone happy, but they can not act as your personal body guards. If you are merely concerned about a particular person, we suggest you avoid that person as much as possible. If you are directly threatened by a person (verbal attack, attempted physical attack, inappropriate physical contact, etc.), contact security to report the incident and they will advise you on what can be done about your particular situation.

If you see someone doing things that don’t seem right (especially anything in violation of convention rules or city/state laws), notify security immediately and let them deal with the situation. Anyone violating convention rules or city/state laws will be dealt with appropriately, which could include revoking membership privileges or being handed over to local law enforcement if necessary.

What about water guns and silly string?

Please leave these at home. These are potentially harmful to both the hotel as well as our fursuiters (for those who don’t know, fursuits can cost over $1,000 each), and there are plenty of other ways to have fun at the convention without having to bring these items.

What is Furry Weekend Atlanta’s policy on weapons?

To ensure the safety of all of our attendees and other people in the hotel, Furry Weekend Atlanta will be strictly enforcing a ban on weapons at the convention. If it looks like a weapon or could easily be mistaken for a weapon, we don’t want to see it in the convention area. Functioning weapons will absolutely not be tolerated. Possession of a concealed carry permit or weapons carry license does not override this policy. Anyone caught with a weapon will be expelled from the convention, and barred from attending future conventions. Anyone refusing to leave or who returns to the event after expulsion may be subject to arrest for criminal trespass.

Individual convention hotels may also have their own restrictions on the possession of weapons on their properties in addition to the convention policy.

How is security being handled at Furry Weekend Atlanta?

Our Safety Division coordinates with the Atlanta Police Department, hotel security, private security vendors and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to ensure all attendees, volunteers and staff members have the safest experience we can provide.

We have Atlanta Police officers working in the convention space 24 hours a day along with private security staff. We also have teams of paramedics on duty 24 hours a day who are fully equipped to deal with any medical emergency.

Am I banned?

If you are banned, you will know it. You will have been provided with both verbal and most likely written notification (though it may be via email) notifying you that you are not welcome to attend Furry Weekend Atlanta and, if warranted, the length of your ban.

I don’t like person x. Can you ban them?

Sorry, but Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot “ban” someone from attending just because you don’t like them. If you have an interpersonal disagreement with someone, we suggest you either work it out before coming to Furry Weekend Atlanta, or avoid said person altogether. Either way, we expect all persons attending Furry Weekend Atlanta to behave as adults.

Now, if you have legal documentation (such as a restraining order), you should contact our security as soon as possible. However, our security staff will not get involved in personal disputes, and any issues will be referred to local authorities.

I know of a potential security risk. Who can I talk to about this?

Please e-mail [email protected]. At the con, speak to anyone on the Safety staff or one of the board members as soon as possible. If you can’t find a Safety staffer or a board member, then do not hesitate to talk to any staff member and get them to locate someone who can handle the situation.

Keep in mind that Furry Weekend Atlanta cannot “ban” someone from the convention just because you don’t like them, because they make you uncomfortable, or because they wronged you personally at some time in the past. We must be presented with specific evidence in support of revoking membership privileges, which usually must involve Furry Weekend Atlanta itself, or with some type of legal document (such as a restraining order).