A 2019 Association survey revealed that nearly 55% of our membership did not have a disaster plan. An Orientation and Four Online Training Modules will introduce you to key steps for disaster planning at your garden. These modules are based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) recommended disaster planning process but they have been adapted and developed specifically for public gardens.
The training modules cover common systems and processes to successfully prepare garden personnel to work together before, during, and after natural disasters. Most importantly, they guide you through the steps to ensure living collections are safeguarded. If there is one thing 2020 has taught us, you need to prepare for the unknown.
If your garden is brand new to disaster planning, we recommend starting at Module 0 and working your way through Module 4. Be sure to review each module either individually or as a team and compare notes. If your garden is interested in strengthening your existing planning, adding new components or training exercises, you can focus on specific modules.
You'll need a computer or mobile device with an internet connection to access the modules.
Peer Support for Disaster Preparedness
Join this member-only professional community to learn best practices, assess your readiness, and network with other garden professionals to better prepare for disasters.