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Emergency Preparedness for Performing Arts Organizations


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BE prepared - plan for "what if" instead of "why me"

The fire. The flood. The storm. The broken pipes. The break-in. The disaster.
Being a resilient performing arts organization during and after an emergency means preparedness, training, and business continuity for you and your organization.

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Sean Ferguson, NEDCC Preservation Specialist and Emergency Preparedness Consultant for New England, is available to help your organization prepare for emergencies. This is a FREE, grant–funded program from July 2018 to July 2019 for any performing arts organization in the New England region.


  • Customized emergency preparedness and response trainings
  • Consultations on risk assessment, emergency plan writing, and disaster response
  • Review of continuity of operations and emergency plans
  • Advice, information, and resources on disaster preparedness
  •  On-site and on-phone assistance during an emergency

These services are provided through Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) (, a project that promotes emergency preparedness in the performing arts community through grants, outreach and community engagement, online toolkits, and information resources.

Online Publications:

See articles written by Sean Ferguson on emergency preparedness topics for performing arts organizations. 


For information about working with Sean to improve emergency preparedness at your performing arts organization, contact him at or 978-470-1010 ex. 224


Sean Ferguson, NEDCC Preservation Specialist

Sean Ferguson is the PAR Emergency Preparedness Consultant for New England and a Preservation Specialist at the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). Sean has a background in providing preservation and emergency preparedness information and outreach, including assessments, consultations, training programs, and disaster assistance. He also represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee. Sean served as a Web, Archives, and Digital Asset Management Intern for the Boston Ballet and also assisted the Mary Baker Eddy Library in preserving its collection of audiovisual materials.  Sean earned a BA in History at Vassar College and an MLIS from Simmons College School of Library and Information Science.