IAVM has always been more than an association. We are a family. When one of our members or member venues experiences something devastating, we all pull together as a community to help.
With the events of Hurricane Harvey unfolding over the past week, several members of our IAVM family in Southeast Texas and Louisiana have been hit with devastating floods and tornados. As we tend to do in this industry, our member venues have opened their doors to help evacuees in need of shelter. Members themselves have also offered services and assistance, as the number of those in need of assistance grows.
We understand that those of you in the effected area are focused on the guests in your facilities and cleaning up, because that is what we in this industry do…”just keep going on with the show.” However, we want to remind you that we are here for you, your staff members, and your immediate families. We want to encourage our members who need assistance, as well as those who would like to offer assistance, to post on IAVM’s internal discussion board platform, VenueNet. While this tool is always helpful for information sharing among our members, it is an especially valuable resource in times of crisis.
We hope you will utilize VenueNet to let us help you in whatever way you need, or to simply keep in touch to let us know that you are OK. Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you.
Doug Booher, CFE | IAVM Chair of the Board
Kerry Painter, CFE, CEM, CMP | IAVM Region 6 Director