AVSS Severe/Hazardous Weather Preparedness Plan Guideline
Severe and hazardous weather can strike anywhere, at any time. These events can range from tornadoes, strong straight-line winds, lightening, and hail to flooding, blizzards, tsunamis and more. Public assembly venue managers must be as prepared as possible to protect the safety of guests, event personnel and employees as well as the assets of the venue.
IAVM’s AVSS Severe/Hazardous Weather Preparedness Plan and Guideline gives venue managers the essential tools to be fully prepared. This publication was written and edited by experts to provide a basic understanding of various weather events and how to establish an effective preparedness plan for what to do prior to, during, and after short-fused severe weather threats. The Plan and Guideline gives venue managers tools to build important relationships with emergency management personnel, establish a command center, create a severe weather event team, understand how and when to monitor weather conditions, and know how and when to communicate with staff, guests, event presenters, and others. It also provides a methodology to create “Trigger Charts” so that decisions can be made days in advance of a severe weather threat with regard of what action to take when various thresholds are reached. This invaluable resource also equips public assembly venue managers with a template to assist in writing their own severe and hazardous weather plan, and features a lexicon of terms and a glossary of acronyms. For venues applying for the StormReady®VENUE designation, the guide becomes a valuable resource in planning and preparedness.
The 103-page Severe/Hazardous Weather Preparedness Plan and Guideline was written by select faculty members from IAVM’s Academy for Safety and Security, with assistance from top meteorologists at the National Weather Service, and an attorney specializing in public assembly venue issues.
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