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November: Pandemic and Public Health Awareness


Welcome to our month-by-month Disaster Readiness Calendar!


How can your organization plan for public health emergencies?

Pandemics are a disease outbreak, most often caused by viruses, that affect many people and span large areas, spreading from person to person. It is very difficult to predict when a new pandemic will emerge and it can spread very quickly to new areas. It is important to plan before an emergency happens. Like other disasters, pandemics can have detrimental impacts on your community and organization. Planning for and responding to pandemics is complex as they impact everyone in your community and beyond. There are many resources available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What does preparation look like?

Check out this Pandemics webpage to help prepare.

  • Learn how diseases spread to help protect yourself and others.
  • Prepare for the possibility of having to close your public garden. Check out this Essential Staff Operations Planning and Procedures During Pandemic resource.
  • Gather supplies including cleaning supplies to help prevent disease spread.
  • Create an emergency plan for your organization so employees will know how to react and respond during public health emergencies.

Where can I learn more?

To learn more, you can check out our COVID-19: Resources for Gardens webpage for resources on business continuity and recovery, operations, employee management, and more. While some of these resources are COVID-19 specific, most are applicable to many public health emergencies.

In November, prepare your business and garden plans for pandemics and public health emergencies. Preparedness is key!