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Lunchtime Links: The Fallout From Hurricane Sandy

By / Oct 29, 2012 New York City's Grand Central Terminal, after a mandatory shutdown of the city's subway system. (Photo by MTA/Flickr)

Conference cancellations and delays are the story of the day. Also: A conference for emergency managers keeps moving.

If you’re reading this now on the East Coast, there’s a good chance you’re not at work.

With Hurricane Sandy plowing through the Eastern Seaboard and expected to touch parts of numerous major cities, including New York and Washington, DC, odds are good that the storm may be affecting your routine.

And if you’re running a conference? Things are probably worse. Here’s a quick roundup:

The cancellations so far: A number of conferences on the East Coast have been directly affected. Among them: The Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia, has been canceled. The 2012 Military Communications Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, by AFCEA International and the IEEE Communications Society, canceled its event because many of its attendees are from regions affected by Hurricane Sandy. And two conferences in New York City, the International Air Transport Association’s AVSEC World 2012 conference and the Security Industry Association’s ISC East conference, have both been postponed.

Not canceled but definitely affected: The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Conference in Orlando, which started Friday and runs through Thursday, is happening at an awkward time, when emergency managers are needed most, including at the group’s base in Falls Church, Virginia. “We’re going forward with our event,” IAEM spokeswoman Dawn Shiley told DC-based TV station WJLA . “I’m sure there will be some people from the East Coast who will stay home, but we don’t expect a huge number.”

Sandy’s effects on travel: The Global Business Travel Association estimates that Hurricane Sandy could have a devastating effect on the travel industry, with one of its projections showing as many as 514,000 canceled trips at a cost to the industry of $606 million. The report also suggests that it could cost the 11 affected states as much as $58 million per day on the travel front.

What are you doing to ease the burden of Hurricane Sandy on your association? And are you in the affected areas? Still trying to work? Let us know in the comments.

Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. More »

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