An ArtsReady step a week, or even a step a month, means you’ll be that much more prepared in a year. September is National Preparedness Month.
National Preparedness Month (NPM), established by FEMA in 2004, encourages you to prepare for emergencies in your home and business. One of NPM’s main focuses is on your organizations’ buoyancy after a crisis – advocating preparation as your best practice.
ArtsReady offers these four fairly simple, straightforward elements you can implement to make your staff, visitors and venue safer and more secure. Try to implement one or more of these in the next month!
- – Don’t think it can’t happen to you! You may not be in a hurricane zone or flood plain, but we bet you have a toilet. And it can do some wicked damage, as it did to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. ArtsReady’s primary principle is “all hazards planning.” Don’t plan for the type of crisis – plan to protect your most precious assets and operations from any type of crisis.
- – You don’t need a fancy poster to make safety information visible and accessible to staff and visitors. Using large print, list critical phone numbers; how to react in a power outage or fire; and personal safety suggestions.
- – Add a brief safety statement to your pre-curtain announcements or tour guide scripts, clearly stating where emergency exits are and how visitors should safely evacuate; and provide information on where safe shelter is located within your facility.
- – Make security everyone’s business. Reinforce “If you see something, say something.” Make sure staff and volunteers know not to handle suspicious packages or items left alone. The FBI’s Bomb Threat checklist should be copied and tucked next to main administrative and box office phones.
ArtsReady’s Premium Membership guides you through the all-hazards planning process to build a plan that’s just right for your organization. You may qualify for a discount or a subsidy to become a Premium Member.
Call on the ArtsReady team for assistance with any of these resources. Omar Nelson, Membership Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, (404) 874-7244 × 28.