Emergency Preparedness and Response

Quick Links: Webinars | Disaster Resources | Acts of Violence and Threats to Safety Resources

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

APAPNYC 2020 Sunday Plenary Graphic by Adam Kissick/APAP

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

Webinars are offered by the Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) project and cover various topics related to emergency preparedness.

  • The Art of Modified Gatherings: Optimizing Online Events, December 16, 2:00 p.m. (EST). The performing arts sector is encountering an unprecedented challenge for hosting in-person events safely during this global pandemic, countless wildfires, and a struggling economy. Fortunately, this presents an opportunity for artists to employ their creativity and ingenuity to develop new types of shared experiences. This webinar will begin with a framework to help guide decision makers to either modify or virtualize their gatherings using case studies from Denver’s 5 Points Jazz Festival (May 2020) and Alabama’s Women in Jazz Festival (September 2020).

  • Risk Assessment for Performing Arts Organizations, January 21, 2:00 p.m. (EST). Natural disasters, local emergencies, and other disruptive events can have devastating effects on all sizes of performing arts organizations. This webinar will focus on mitigating risks at institutions, to prevent disasters from happening and to reduce the impact of unavoidable disasters. The session will clarify the need for risk assessment as a part of an organization’s disaster preparedness strategy, provide basic information on risk assessment tools and practices, and address how risk assessment can benefit performing arts organizations. The instructors will also present case studies as a part of the session, so participants can learn from actual disasters in performing arts organizations.

  • Health and Safety in the Performing Arts, February 9, 2:00 p.m. (EST). Safety in the theatre extends to crews, casts, and audience members as well as the venue. This includes performance and rehearsal spaces, shops, and other work spaces. It requires awareness, common sense, and perseverance to eliminate hazards and guard against carelessness. The goal of this free webinar is to ensure that a safe, healthy environment is maintained at all times. This includes the control and minimization of all known and potential hazards associated within creative, artistic, and performance development. These risks can be minimized and controlled through proper training, equipment, and use of appropriate precautions, restrictions, and established safe-work practices.

  • Disaster Response for Performing Arts Organizations, February 16, 2:00 p.m. (EST). Emergency response can be a daunting prospect for performing arts organizations. This webinar will lay out the basic tenets of responding to an emergency including support organizations, working with vendors, and helpful resources for organization and planning. There will also be a brief introduction to the Incident Command System so that performing arts centers can work more seamlessly with their local first responders.

See the full list of webinars at Performing Arts Readiness

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):