Emergency Preparedness and Response

In light of recent disasters and acts of violence, APAP’s field partners provide an array of services to help you prepare and respond to emergencies.


ArtsReady makes available informational resources and an online business continuity, readiness and sustainability planning tool. The Performing Arts Readiness Project offer webinars, grant opportunities, guidance on recovery assistance, and regular updates. Both aim to help you keep your arts organization and events safe and open-for-business.

Upcoming Webinars

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and wildfires across the West have brought emergency response and preparedness front-and-center. While this can feel daunting for performing arts organizations, the Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) project aims to make it easier. Please join us for one of these free 90-minute webinars:

  • Networking for Disaster Management in the Performing Arts, Monday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m. (EST). This will demonstrate how working with multiple organizations in a network for disaster management can be accomplished. The history of networking for improved emergency preparedness in the cultural heritage, arts, and government sectors will be examined, with an exploration of existing networks.
  • Introduction to Emergency Preparedness for Performing Arts Organizations, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2 p.m. (EST). This webinar will provide an introduction to why emergency preparedness is critical to protect your organization from external risks and internal vulnerabilities. These include human caused and natural crises.

Disaster Resources

Disaster Preparedness: General Resources

Disaster Relief: General Resources

Disaster Relief: Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria

Acts of Violence and Threats to Safety Resources

The horrific acts of violence that have taken place in Las Vegas, Manchester, and Paris remind us that cultural events can be targets. Our field partner ArtsReady recommends the following resources to assist in your preparation for and response to acts of violence.

Active Shooter:

From the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:

From the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

  • Video: Surviving an Active Shooter (WARNING HIGHLY GRAPHIC) portraying a number of different types of active shooter scenarios and how to protect yourself and those around you.

Bomb Threat:

From the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI):