When Was the Last Time You Reviewed Your Emergency Preparedness Plans?

After experiencing the high-rise building I call home and office suffer the results of not having up to date emergency planning and procedures, it made me think that now is an excellent time to remind readers that annual reviews are a good idea.

My colleague, Joe Patti, has written about this topic on a few occasions at ArtsHacker.

Emergency Preparation Mentor Rides Into Town

Don’t Undermine A Good Crisis Plan With Minor Daily Inattentiveness

In fact, we’ve been touching on this topic as far back as 2005!

Emergency Preparedness

In the above post, I included what seemed like an exhaustive list of emergencies capable of impacting operations but looking at it with 2021 eyes tells me it’s missing active shooter/shots fired.

About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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