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How to Prepare for Mid-meeting Emergencies

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Meeting professionals aren’t strangers to preparing for the worst. But “the worst” encompasses a range of incidents, from natural disasters—occuring at a higher rate than ever before—to acts of violence. And while venues have evacuation protocols and planners are probably aware of legal needs surrounding emergencies, planners have so much to juggle that thorough planning might go on the back burner.

“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a meeting and something does happen, whether it’s a power outage or an alarm going off, and everybody—including the meeting planners—looks at each other like, ‘What do we do?’” said Tyra Warner, an expert in legal and crisis preparedness issues for the meetings, events, and hospitality industries.

Consider these tips from Warner to prepare for emergencies and create contingency plans before an event and to act effectively in the moment.

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