Japan Quake Info For Meeting Planners

In light of today’s destructive earthquake in Japan, I thought I would compile some resources that meeting and event planners may need that I have found around the web, I threw this together pretty quick and will update as needed, if you have any resources not listed here, please feel free to put them in the comments and I can add them to this list later. Also – ALL American Service Men and Women have been accounted for.

TRAVEL

United Airlines – Travel Waiver Information

Delta Airlines Earthquake Info

American Airlines  Earthquake Info

Cathay Pacific Airlines Info

ANA Airlines

Email address for US citizens to contact the State Department: JapanEmergencyUSC@state.gov

Department of State information hotline 1-888-407-4747

US Embassy Website – Tokyo

State Department Travel Info – Emergencies

Twitter hash-tags include #japan  #prayforjapan , and #tsunami Also – Hawaii Red Cross Twitter Feed Here

NEWS INFORMATION:

Reuters Live Blog

BBC Live Blog

CNN Live Blog

Japan Weather Service

Google Map of Tsunami Area

FIND PEOPLE

Facebook Page for finding people in Japan

Google People Finder

The Red Cross has a site for people to list themselves as “Safe and Well”, you can also search here

NTT DOCOMO People Finder (using mobile phone number)

KDDI Message Board

If you need to inquire about a Japanese Citizen, the number to the Japan Embassy Washington – 202-238-6700

GET HELP

Not sure if this helps Americans because it is in Japanese, but here is a shelter map

 

 

 

 

Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Somewhere Down the Crazy River

Great song, corny video, from Robbie Robertson and yes, the background vocalist is that dude from the Bo Deans.

5 Reasons Not To Have an Event or Conference Blog

Conference Blogs are a must

There are so many reasons why you should have a conference or event blog.. I have covered those before. But what about the reasons not to have a conference or event blog. When does it make sense to skip it all together and just say screw it?

After giving it some reasoned thought, here are the top 5 reasons not to have a conference or event blog:

5 – Your conference or event already has plenty of attendees.

We have plenty! Why would we want to attract more? Our attendees and members are so loyal to us that we certainly don’t need any more touchpoints. We are not worried about that other association and their show.. did you know that they are wasting their time having a Facebook thingy and twittering, I wonder what they are telling people on that thing, what they had for breakfast. Those fools.

4 – It is just too much work.

Spending 20 minutes a day finding articles and information for our members  and attendees is time consuming. My day is much better spent surfing the web and playing games on Facebook.

3 – My Attendees just won’t go for this type of thing.

Our attendees are old school and really like it when we mail them a printed newsletter.. How do I know? Our director says it is so and he has been with the association for 35 years.. he has the pulse of the group and is really tuned in to their needs.

2 – We don’t need anymore sponsors

Sponsors are like an ATM to us, they come back every year and we don’t have to do anything. Why would they want to be featured in a blog post? People can see them on the show floor or on those hanging banners in the exhibit hall and that is way more important than being on the web where millions of people have access to the information. The internet is just all those crazy kids.

1 – I am going to work here forever

I don’t need to be the type of person that improves my skills and actually makes an event better. This conference is on autopilot and I am going to work here forever so why should I actually learn how to do something new? The recession is coming to an end and everything will get back to normal and there you go. Even if I have to go out and look for a new job, do you really think that there are other meeting and event planners that actually know how to do this stuff?? I don’t think so, they are just like me.

There you have it! 5 reasons not to have a blog for your conference or meeting!

Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Special Monday Edition

Gary Moore, guitarist for the legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy was found dead today.

Huffington Post Reports:

LONDON — Bandmates say rock guitarist Gary Moore, a former member of influential Irish band Thin Lizzy, has died. He was 58.

Manager Adam Parsons told the BBC that Moore was found dead Sunday at a hotel on Spain’s Costa del Sol, where he was on holiday. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey said Moore’s death was a “total shock,” and guitarist Scott Gorham said he was “a great player and a great guy.”

So, in rememberance, take a few minutes out of your day to enjoy “The boys are back in town”, one of the best rock songs ever…. period.

This tune is on many a playlist that we jam while setting up or tearing down from an event…

Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club – Cold War Edition

Growing up in the 80s, we were all afraid that the bombs would fall and that would be the end of the world…. duck and cover, BOOM.

Back then, we did not subscribe to this slowly picking ourselves apart, one day at a time crap… we had goals back then, they were big goals….. If you were going to do some damage, make it a planet, not a supermarket, train station or simple school bus. 

So here is the Meeting Planner Sunday Night Music Club, 80s Cold War Edition

And for those of you who are too young to remember, yes, each one of these songs is about Nuclear War…..

Siouxsie & The Banshees – Cities In Dust


 

99 red ballons – Nena


 

Men at Work It´s a Mistake



 

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Two Tribes

 

Roger Waters – Home (from the 1987 concept Album Radio KAOS)

 

U2- Seconds


 

 Sting – Russians