Emergency Preparedness Consultant/Circuit Rider Program

To support the need for time and capacity to develop emergency action and business continuity plans, the PAR project hosts an Emergency Preparedness Consultant/Circuit Rider program that works directly with performing arts organizations on a local level, provides training, consulting, advice, and guidance to staffs, Boards, and volunteers. These “Circuit Rider” consultants support all aspects of emergency preparedness, from risk and needs assessment through creation of continuity of operations and disaster response plans, on-site training workshops & exercises, and information resources for response during emergencies. These twelve-month consultant positions are hosted by local organizations. Four consultants are currently working in local areas.

The four 2018/2019 Emergency Preparedness Consultants are:

- Sean Ferguson (sferguson@nedcc.org) who works in conjunction with the Northeast Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA.
- Carol Foster (carol@iabdassociation.org) who works in conjunction with The International Association of Blacks in Dance in Washington, DC.
- Ellen Korpar (Korpar@sjca.net) who works in conjunction with the Houston Arts Alliance in Houston, TX.
- Matthew Kowal (matthew@majesticcollaborations.com) who works with Denver Arts and Venues in Denver, CO.

For a look at the type of work the PAR Circuit Riders are doing, see Sean Ferguson’s article "Emergency Preparedness in the Arts: A Team Approach."