Winter 2012 Newsletter of® - Keep your doors open. No matter what.
2012 Hindsight: Stay Prepared
2013 is a roll of the diceAs we say farewell to 2012, we are more committed than ever to spread our mission of arts preparedness across the country. Consider the stories below, and you will see how continuity planning and community support has helped arts organizations face many different crises this year. Each tale provides a solid reason for continuing your own commitment to the readiness movement, and preparing your organization using the ArtsReady tool.
  1. Hurricane Sandy Flooding In NYSuper-storm Sandy: Despite being perhaps the most costly storm of its kind to ever impact the eastern United States, the response from the arts community has been swift and deliberate. With millions of dollars of support from both public and private institutions, life among the arts and artists is returning to some of the hardest hit areas in New York City.
  2. Silverton Palace Theatre, Silverton, Oregon: After a major fire, this historic theatre reopened its doors to movie goers just four months later.
  3. South Carolina Arts Commission: When faced with a budget veto that unexpectedly shut down the organization, the arts community rallied and was able to demonstrate the importance and impact of the arts on the lives of South Carolinians. The State Legislature accordingly overruled the veto and reinstated the Arts Commission.
The lessons of 2012 resonate with a clear message: the unexpected will happen. All-hazards planning is fundamental for business continuity and sustainability. Regardless of the type or size of the crises, we should also celebrate the comebacks, which remind us that we are stronger as a community than we are alone.

Being ArtsReady, means taking the time to ensure the future of your organization. Thanks for being a part of the readiness movement in 2012. Together we can work toward a more sustainable future for the arts.

— Team ArtsReady
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Readiness Spotlight 

As you embark on holiday travel here are a few tips on how to prepare your organization for all hazards:

1. Update your technology inventory. Document critical information should any items be damaged or stolen during holiday absences.

2.  Set up or test your remote access to emails, files and banking. Should travel become compromised by weather, the ability to communicate and do business remotely will be important. 

3. Review your insurance coverage. Make sure you know exactly what your insurance policies cover and what your deductible may be in the event of holiday threats like winter weather or theft.

4. Create or update your Severe Winter Weather Cancellation Policy. Know your process for communicating closures to personnel and constituents, and review the policy with staff.

Give the Gift of Readiness

Thanks to our many partners, like Americans for the Arts and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, we are able to offer discounted Premium Memberships to ArtsReady.
Recommend partnering with ArtsReady to your service organization here. If they join the readiness movement by December 31st they too can be a founding supporter!

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