A recent Meeting Today Trends Survey, found an alarming number of meeting planner respondents who were not concerned about security issues and natural disasters (31%) and (70%) did not have a written security/natural disaster preparedness plan in place.
Writing an emergency response plan is not something we like to think about but it needs to be a priority. I worked at an Association that had several different natural disasters that occurred around large meetings. Because we had a plan, we kept everyone safe and staff knew their roles during an emergency. Your responsibility as a planner is to mitigate risk and have a written plan. This is a great article and resource to get started writing a plan here.
Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) was the first Association to create a Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program within the meetings industry. You can find more information on ADMEI's website. about the certificate program.
Both are great resources, so why wait, start your emergency plan today for your Organization/Association and be prepared.
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