In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which slammed New Orleans back in August, many meeting planners were left without a location. Amongst fears for family members and residents trapped in the flooded city, planners who’d chosen a New Orleans site had to face another crisis - beginning anew in their preparations. How would you handle it?
When Katrina Struck
The New Orleans Sheraton was to be the location for the 24th annual Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers conference this past November. But by August 26, Executive Director John Gruber knew plans might be changing.
Massive flooding in Minot, ND. A devastating tornado in Joplin, MO. For many meetings industry professionals, in the wake of recent, tragic headlines regarding destructive weather occurrences, thoughts often turn to contingency planning and what-if? questions. For instance: what if disaster strikes during your event?
Here in the Midwest, most residents are familiar with the seasonal woes and serious dangers caused by weather patterns such as floods, tornadoes, snowstorms, and the like, but even minor weather upsets can cause serious glitches in the event agenda. How do the locals carry on, business as usual, around such uncooperative natural factors? How do planners stay abreast of unpredictable situations that can occur suddenly and without warning during their events? In short... how do folks plan for this stuff?