Hurricane Preparedness-News Brief

By Mark Herrera posted 08-26-2020 16:33

The International Association of Venue Managers having significant influence globally has a civic responsibility to provide information to assure all Public Assembly Facilities have valid and reliable information immediately in particularly during crisis.  We wish to express our sincere prayers that all in the path of CATIV Hurricane Laura are able to remain safe.   

The past several hurricane seasons have been particularly destructive and 2020 is expected to bring yet another high-activity hurricane season according to the National Weather Service.  The strain of a major hurricane on its own is difficult, but hurricane season during a pandemic will test organizations’ emergency planning capabilities and those not prepared to weather the storm like never before.   We have had to quickly react to the current health crisis and now coupled with the hurricane season we must be more vigilant and prepared to react and respond.

In order to prepare for the Hurricanes now and in the future, know your hurricane risk and most importantly adhere to the all Emergency Alerts and Warnings. 

There are several ways to receive alerts. Download the FEMA app or go to and receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide.

Sign up for community alerts in your area and be aware of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA)- which requires no-sign up.

If you must go to a community or group shelter remember to follow the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for protecting yourself and family from COVID-19.

  • Be prepared to take cleaning items with you like soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces you may need to touch regularly. COVID-19
  • Maintain at least 6 feet between you and persons not part of your immediate family while at the shelter [by avoiding crowds or gathering in groups] as much as possible. COVID-19
  • Anyone over 2 years old should use a cloth face covering while at these facilities. COVID-19
Please note that lAVM serves as the conduit to the Department of Homeland Security (CISA) and we will continue to provide any updated information or resources as we receive them.   Please find the following DHS Protective Security Advisors within your respective areas that may be contacted as a resource if needed before, during or after the storm:

The international Association of Venue Managers will continue to provide updated resource information and I am available if needed.  Please contact me at:

Mark Herrera (214) 662-3727 or email:

Our IAVM Leadership and Staff  will be available during these challenging times.

Best Regards,

Mark Herrera
Director of Education|Life-Safety