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April 25, 2014

PCMA: A Free Risk Management Resource For Your Next Meeting

When the Boston Marathon bombings occurred on April 15, 2013, the chaos and concerns at the finish line spread across the country as Americans struggled to understand how a terrorist attack had occurred during such a joyous occasion. The meetings industry felt the same overwhelming sense of despair as the Hynes Convention Center and nearby hotels were evacuated in the minutes following the bombings. The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association was in the midst of gearing up for its annual meeting at the Hynes, which was set to begin just two days after the tragedy.

“We weren’t prepared,” Bill Prentice, CEO, ASCA, told attendees at PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2014. “We did not have a plan in place.”

Of course, Prentice (pictured above - second from right) and ASCA aren’t alone. While crisis management is an essential piece of effective meeting management, many organizations still lack a concrete plan. That’s why PCMA is unveiling a new customizable emergency action plan. The free template is designed to offer meeting planners a step-by-step approach to dealing with the unthinkable and the unexpected.

Read more at PCMA.org...

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