Emergency Communications Plan
Following an emergency, your family, friends, important business contacts and vendors may be out of reach. Making a communications plan in advanceincreases the chances of knowing where your vital contacts are, what their situation is, and that they will know yours during this critical time.
Have a Disaster Buddy
A Disaster Buddy is a fellow artist or friend living in another region of the country or your state with whom you exchange lists of contacts and people to notify in case of an emergency. You and your Disaster Buddy may consider other mutual assistance arrangements, such as providing one another temporary access to studio space after a disaster.
With your Disaster Buddy, exchange lists of contacts and people to notify in case of an emergency.
Provide those closest to you with your Disaster Buddy’s phone and email contact information, so everyone can leave an “I’m okay” message, and/or updated contact info.
Other options for alerting and staying in touch with your closest circle of contacts:
- A telephone calling tree (with assignments in advance).
- A password-protected page on your website to check in.
- Form a mutual assistance arrangement with a fellow artist or friend living in another region.
- Exchange lists of contacts and people to notify in case of an emergency.
- Consider being one another’s Safe Offsite Location A SOL is a place to store copies of your documents and records that is far enough away from your studio (50-100 miles) that it is unlikely to be affected by the same disaster.