Entertainment Music Astroworld Organizers Noted 'Ever-Present Threat' of 'Mass Casualty Situation' Months Ago: Report In security plans made months in advance, staff were reportedly told to use the code word "Smurf" when alerting about a possibly dead concertgoer and "never use the term 'dead' or 'deceased' over the radio" By Benjamin VanHoose Benjamin VanHoose Twitter Benjamin VanHoose is an Associate Editor on the Movies team at PEOPLE. He's worked at PEOPLE for over three years as a writer and reporter across our Entertainment, Lifestyle and News teams, covering everything from the Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard trial to the Oscars. He regularly covers red carpet events and has interviewed stars like Drew Barrymore, Ryan Reynolds and Kirsten Dunst. He previously worked as a copy editor at Topix Media Lab. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 8, 2021 11:32 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Astroworld organizers reportedly planned for the possibility of a "mass casualty situation" months before the deadly concert where eight people were killed on Friday night in Houston. According to The New York Times, at least two documents about emergency planning were made months in advance of the concert, with one accounting for protocol for such things as inclement weather, riots or active shooters. The other dealt with medical response measures. PEOPLE has yet to view said memos. One part of the plans, per the news outlet, told staffers that when they wanted to alert event control about a "suspected deceased victim" to use the code word "Smurf" and to "never use the term 'dead' or 'deceased' over the radio." For more on the tragedy at Astroworld, listen below to our daily podcast on People Every Day. At another point in the plans, it read, "Based on the site's layout and numerous past experiences, the potential for multiple alcohol/drug-related incidents, possible evacuation needs, and the ever-present threat of a mass casualty situation are identified as key concerns." Eight people died and more than 300 were treated for injuries following chaos that unfolded at approximately 9:15 p.m. on Friday, when fans in the crowd of about 50,000 began to rush the stage. Police are investigating, and no charges have been brought. AstroWorld Tragedy Is the Latest Deadly Crowd Surge: Past Fatal Stampedes and What Causes Them Travis Scott performs during 2021 Astroworld Festival. Erika Goldring/WireImage Performer Travis Scott (who was arrested in 2017 for allegedly inciting a riot during a concert in Arkansas and later pled guilty to disorderly conduct) faced accusations from festival goers on Saturday who claimed he continued to perform even after seeing distraught and injured fans in the audience. Everything We Know So Far About the 8 People Killed at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival Travis Scott. Erika Goldring/WireImage Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. Scott, 30, told fans Saturday night he and his team have "been working closely with everyone to get to the bottom of this — City of Houston HPD, fire department — everyone, to help us figure this out," and told fans to contact authorities with any information. "Everybody continue to keep your prayers," the rapper said. "I mean, I'm honestly just devastated and I could never imagine anything like this happening. I'm going to do everything I can to keep you guys updated and keep you guys informed of what's going on. Love you all." Kylie Jenner — who faced backlash on Saturday for a since-deleted Instagram Story that showed an ambulance in the crowd — also addressed accusations that Scott, a Houston native, ignored distraught fans who were begging him to stop the show. "I want to make it clear we weren't aware of any fatalities until the news came out after the show and in no world would have continued filming or performing," she shared. An Astroworld attendee told PEOPLE, "When Travis finally comes out, people are moving even more, getting rowdier. It just felt like so much pressure as people got excited. … I was literally getting squished, very uncomfortable. It felt like I was going to die." The eyewitness added, "I couldn't enjoy it because I seriously could not breathe. I had to turn away from the stage at points to just breathe. My shoulders were in people's back, I was pressed against people." Astroworld organizers said in a statement on Twitter over the weekend: "Our hearts are with the Astroworld Festival family tonight — especially those we lost and their loved ones. We are focused on supporting local officials however we can. With that in mind the festival will no longer be held on Saturday." NRG Park, the venue where Astroworld was held, said, "We are deeply saddened by the heartbreaking loss of life and the pain experienced by all those impacted by this tragedy. We are fully cooperating and working closely with police and local authorities as they investigate how this tragedy occurred at the Astroworld Festival. Since the incident, however, Scott has been named in one of what is expected to be several lawsuits over the mass casualty incident. Injured concertgoer Manuel Souza filed a petition Saturday in Harris County District Court against Scott over what the petition describes as the "predictable and preventable" tragedy that unfolded, according to the court document obtained by PEOPLE. He's seeking at least $1,000,000 in damages and also asking for a temporary restraining order to prevent any destruction of evidence. The lawsuit also names Live Nation, organizer ScoreMore, Scott's Cactus Jack Records and several others. Reps for Scott and Live Nation did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.