With natural disasters, terrorist acts, and data breaches of epic proportion on the rise, planning for emergencies has become a responsible, if
not expected, activity for facility owners and managers; however, the level of emergency preparedness of arts facilities in Missouri is low. This study of 28 arts facilities across Missouri shows that while budget and staff size are barriers in emergency planning for under-resourced arts organizations, the true barriers are prioritization and motivation. A new emergency planning approach for arts organizations is presented that addresses these barriers directly by calling for decentralization, grant maker support, and artistic input.
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