Assembly Facilities Emergency Guide Released

Coppell, Texas -- The International Association of Assembly Managers has released a guide to help managers of arenas, convention centers and other such buildings operate their facilities during emergencies like last year's Hurricane Katrina.

"Hurricane Katrina has demonstrated the critical role of the professional facility manager and the value of arenas, stadiums, performing arts and convention centers as emergency-response infrastructure when local communities are called to respond to disasters," said Greg Davis, who led IAAM's Shelter Management Task Force in developing the guidelines.

"These guidelines will support managers of arenas, stadiums, and convention centers in their deliberations with emergency planners as to the planned and rational use of their facilities as mega-shelters," said Davis, who is also director of the Cajundome, in Lafayette, La.

Thousands of homeless people filled the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina struck the city, on Aug. 29, 2005. Those evacuated from New Orleans were housed for a time in convention centers located in other cities, including Houston.

Copies of the Mega-Shelter Management Best Practices guide are available for $25 per copy through the IAAM website at