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Plan for “What If,” Not “Why Me?”

Posted: Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 2:25 pm in News

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IT experts say the world consists of two kinds of people – those who back up their data, and those that will. That’s because it takes just ONE data crash with the resulting heartaches and headaches to learn the lesson.

The National Performance Network and the ArtsReady team encourage you to avoid the pain and panic of being unprepared, whether for a data crash, a PR debacle, or an auditorium flooded by a broken pipe. September is National Preparedness Month, and we hope you’ll take some time this month to start, or update/expand, your readiness plan! Here are some easy-to-use resources and ideas to help you out:

  1. You’ve likely had changes in the names and/or contact information for your staff and roster artists.  Make sure you have an updated phone/personal email tree to reach everyone speedily in the event of emergency, and that you have an “In Case of Emergency” contact for each individual (here’s a sample from the ArtsReady Library).
  2. Professional Development – attend ArtsReady workshops and get one-on-one consulting on readiness at this fall’s Western Arts Alliance, Arts Midwest and Performing Arts Exchange conferences.
  3. Download handy mobile apps that will help you keep tabs on bad weather, respond in first aid/emergency situations, or be aware of police activity in your area.
  4. Take a tour of your venue/working space, making sure that alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency signage and other safety devices are easy to see, operational and current.
  5. Join ArtsReady. A Premium Membership gives you access to an online planning tool, cloud-based critical information storage, online training opportunities and more. NPN is an ArtsReady partner, which means NPN/VAN Partners get their first year’s ArtsReady Premium membership at 50% off – use discount code npn2014gen.

Call on the ArtsReady team for assistance with any of these resources, Omar Nelson, membership manager,, (404) 874-7244 x 28.


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