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Guide to Developing a Disaster Management Plan

AMOA Guide: Developing a Disaster Management Plan

Introduction

Imagine that tomorrow, when you arrive at your shop, you discover it reduced to embers as a result of a raging inferno. Perhaps it’s been destroyed by a powerful tornado. Maybe it’s been shuttered indefinitely because the building next door suffered a toxic spill. Given these, or any other conceivable and disasterous event, what would you do?

Most individuals do not have a plan to address such scenarios. Among those that do, the chances are good that employees, family members, customers, suppliers, and other concerned individuals have not been advised of those plans.

In just the past 10 years, we’ve witnesses disasters of such magnitude that they’ve been given single-name status: 911, Katrina, Rita. There’ve been tsunamis, anthrax scares, even the ongoing global ar on terrorism… the list goes on and on.

To many, these events seem disconnected from their daily lives; the chances of them being personally affected seem remote. However, should you ever have the chance, ask a surviving victim of one of these events and typically they say the same thing: "I never thought it would happen to me."

The intensity and immediacy of media coverage has brought these events into our homes. We can learn much from these disasters and the aftereffects that we witness.

In searching for an answer, a single word comes to mind: PREPARE. Having an emergency plan in place may not help you to avoid or escape what many times is truly a random event, but it can assist in reducing the aftereffects and help in speeding the recovery process.

The members of the AMOA Board of Directors - Class of 2008 accepted the assignment of researching and developing some guidelines to help coin machine businesses plan for, and cope with, disasters.

The result of this effort is this "AMOA Guide to Developing a Disaster Management Plan"

The purpose of this website, and of the written publication, available from the AMOA main office, is to elevate your awareness and thinking about disaster planning in general. It is our hope that reading these pages will serve as a "Call to Action" and inspire you to begin the process of preparing for the unexpected.

We hope the tools, the information, and the resources provided herein prove useful in helping you to prepare your own disaster planning "roadmap". Sadly, history has taught that it can, and indeed, it does, sometimes happen to you.

AMOA would like to gratefully acknowledge the primary "champions" of this publication: Class of 2008 president, Ray Shroyer of Metro Amusements, Streator, IL, and Adonna Jerman of the Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association, for their tireless efforts in sourcing, gathering, organizing, writing, directing, and producing the component parts that have been assembled for this report.

AMOA also expresses its thanks to Play Meter and RePlay magazines for providing the pictures used on the cover of the printed report, and to Louisiana AMOA Executive Director, Mona LaCombe for her input and suggestions.

Like grammar school fire drills and pre-flight announcements, this guidebook contains information that we hope you will never have to use. BUT, if disaster does strike, this resource can make a huge difference in helping to determine the future of your business and personal life. We urge you to read it and take the appropriate steps to prepare.

Sincerely,
Amusement & Music Operators Association