Code Red: Dealing with Disaster Eirhart


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Code Red: Dealing with Disaster Eirhart

  1. 1. <ul><li>Moderated by Linda Eirhart </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers in order of presentation: </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Griffith, Montgomery Botanical Center </li></ul><ul><li>Jacqueline Bergquist, Longwood Graduate Fellow, Class of 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Kristina Aguilar, Longwood Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew Wyatt, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Disaster Preparedness Research in </li></ul><ul><li>Public Gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Jacqueline Bergquist </li></ul><ul><li>Longwood Graduate Fellow Class of 2009 </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>“ Plant collections are the life blood of public gardens; without plants there would be no gardens. Simply put, the process of disaster planning helps to ensure the safety of plant collections, and the true relevancy of a botanical institution.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Mixed Methods Approach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where quantitative research (surveys) were “embedded” in qualitative research (case studies, and interviews) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data collection methods </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two American Public Gardens Association (APGA) National surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three site-specific case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nine on-site interviews </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Sent to 500 APGA Institutional Members in April 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Received 148 responses </li></ul>5. Does your garden have a disaster plan?
  6. 6. <ul><li>Of the 60.14% of gardens which held disaster plans, only 31% had information specific to plant collections </li></ul>6a. What types of information does your disaster plan hold?
  7. 7. <ul><li>1 st survey 27/148=.182 or 18% </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd survey directly stated, 18.16% </li></ul><ul><li>Museums: Heritage Health Index Reported 20% of museum collections are protected </li></ul><ul><li>Only 1 in 5 collections is protected </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>April 2008- Naturalistic Garden </li></ul><ul><li>May 2008- Display Garden </li></ul><ul><li>July 2008- Historic Landscape </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Educational interpretation of damage/natural succession to visitors was important </li></ul><ul><li>There were some rare specimens which the garden wanted to try to mitigate/salvage for conservation purposes </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Wanted to be able to reopen quickly for visitors to be able to use after a disaster </li></ul><ul><li>Needed a replacement strategy for sourcing seasonal display and bedding plants to be used for replanting after a disaster event </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Must replant to the specifications of the original design even if plant material is not best suited to the site after a disaster </li></ul><ul><li>A focus on tree health may help in future mitigation as trees and larger shrubs are the backbone of the garden design </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Mission dependent planning focus </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens would rather replace most plants after disaster than try to mitigate damages beforehand </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>LSU Burden Center </li></ul><ul><li>New Orleans Botanical Garden </li></ul><ul><li>City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways </li></ul><ul><li>Montgomery Botanical Center </li></ul><ul><li>Naples Botanical Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden </li></ul><ul><li>Gifford Arboretum </li></ul><ul><li>National Tropical Botanical Garden: Kampong </li></ul><ul><li>Vizcaya Museum and Gardens </li></ul>
  14. 15. Staff contact lists Good Root Health Volunteer help Use county/ extension services Disperse plants/ seeds Practice/ Suggest Soil mitigation Tree thinning Back-up water source needed LSU X X NOBG X X X X City X X X X X X MBC X X X NBG X X X X X FTBG X X X X X GA X X KAMP X X X X X VISC X X X X X
  15. 16. <ul><li>revolved around organizing resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff/Volunteer contact lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Equipment lists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Replanting strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>and creating “help networks” beforehand </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local responders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional gardens and non-profits that may help one another during recovery </li></ul></ul>
  16. 18. <ul><li>Phase I. </li></ul><ul><li>Organize Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II. </li></ul><ul><li>Assess Risks </li></ul><ul><li>Get support for the project </li></ul><ul><li>Create and distribute a staff contact list </li></ul><ul><li>Create a “clean-up effort” resource list </li></ul><ul><li>List local emergency responders and horticultural contacts to call for help/aid after an event </li></ul><ul><li>Identify hazards </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate collections and/or plants of high value or worth </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritize salvage </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Phase iii. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a plan </li></ul><ul><li>Phase IV. </li></ul><ul><li>Implement/monitor </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what plants to focus on </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate steps necessary to keep highest priority plants safe </li></ul><ul><li>Assign team-based responsibilities to mitigate damage </li></ul><ul><li>Put the plan in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Enact interagency coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Update the plan and provide staff training (annually at minimum) </li></ul>
  18. 21. For more information on the Natural Disaster Planning Template please email me at: [email_address]