Introduction to Emergency Preparedness for Arts and Cultural Organizations

Localized emergencies, regional disasters, and catastrophic events can have a devastating impact on arts and cultural organizations, where even a brief loss of business can threaten sustainability. SJCA is partnering with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to host emergency preparedness workshops throughout New Jersey’s southern region.  Led by Ellen Korpar, an expert on emergency preparedness, these workshops will explore why emergency preparedness is critical to protect your organization from external risks and internal vulnerabilities, including human-caused and natural crises. Ellen has worked with performing arts organizations during this past year as a disaster planning consultant for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Ellen Korpar will be leading workshops, offering one-on-one guidance, and consulting with individual organizations. Our goals are to create:

  • Awareness of disaster preparedness
  • Networking among arts organizations
  • Emergency action plans
  • Mutual aid agreements
  • Arts response to healing the community

The goal is for you to create a basic disaster plan for your organization (if you don’t already have one), think about how your organization could support another organization in a disaster (offering office space, storage space, performance venue, lend costumes, etc.), and how your organization could participate in the healing of the community.

Workshop Description

Introduction to Emergency Preparedness for Arts and Cultural Organizations

This session shows why emergency preparedness is critical to protect your organization from external risks and internal vulnerabilities, including human-caused and natural crises. You will learn about the disaster planning process and contents of a disaster plan, hear about business continuity issues, and receive information about resources to help with planning.  This class is appropriate for attendees representing large and small arts and cultural organizations, including those with and without their own performance facilities.

 

About the Instructor

Ellen Korpar is the Emergency Preparedness Consultant working in conjunction with the South Jersey Cultural Alliance.  Ellen has an extensive emergency preparedness and response background. As a staff member and volunteer with the Red Cross she has been involved with 17 nationally declared disasters that involved hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes, and floods. She has seen the effect these disasters have on whole communities; and has made it her mission to educate individuals, businesses, and communities of the importance of emergency planning for all types of hazards, whether they be natural or man-made.

 

Scheduled Workshops:

Cape May County – August 20th, 10am-12:00 pm.
Cape May County Administration Building-Intermediate Room, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Court House,
NJ More information and registration

Salem County – August 28th, 6:30-8:30pm.
51 Cheney Road, Woodstown, NJ ( 2nd entrance off of Cheney road)
For more information contact Kathy Mills at: Kathleen.mills@salemcountynj.gov

Cumberland County – August 30th, 6-8 pm.
County Administration Building, 164 W. Broad Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
For more information contact Matt Pisarski at MattPi@co.cumberland.nj.us

Camden County – October 3rd, 6-8 pm.
The Forum, Blackwood Campus, Camden County College
For more information contact Karen Nicholson at knicholson@camdencc.edu

Gloucester County – September 19th, 6-8 pm.
Room 430, Instructional Center, Rowan University, 1400 Tanyard Road, Sewall, NJ
For more information contact Erika Gardner at egardner@rcgc.edu

Atlantic County – September 25th, 1-3 pm.
Veterans Museum, 189 Route 50, Mays Landing
For more information contact Kim Brown at: kbrown@aclsys.org

Ocean County – October 17, 3-5 pm.
Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission
14 Hooper Avenue, Toms River
For more information contact Thart@co.ocean.nj.us

Burlington County – October 18th – 2-4pm
 Mt. Holly Lyceum, 307 High St, Mt Holly, NJ
For more information contact Anthony Jacobsen at: ajacobsen@co.burlington.nj.us

 

If you have questions about the workshops contact Karen Pinzolo at kpinzolo@sjca.net; or individual consulting, contact Ellen Korpar at ellen.korpar@sjca.net or 732-241-6014.

Learn more about emergency preparedness work in New Jersey by visiting the New Jersey Cultural Alliance for Response.