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Garden to Garden Disaster Response Center

When disaster strikes, Public Gardens have a unique set of needs. When it comes to the care of living collections of plants and many other aspects of landscape stewardship, a network of peer support is invaluable.

This is a communication pathway for gardens with specific needs to match those needs with those gardens that have resources to share or lend.

Examples include short to medium term needs such as equipment, expertise, and staff. This platform cannot support extremely short term local coordination efforts.

If you cannot access this submission system, please contact us directly and we will post the need for you: 610.708.3010


While volunteering, safety is a number one concern. Please note that there is an important adjustment that can be made to Workers Comp policies for out of state workers involving usually just a phone call or note to your insurance provider available at no additional cost.  Gardens sending labor (Staff or Contracted) to out-of-state locations are encouraged to do this.

Public Assistance (PA) is coordinated at the state level (in conjunction with FEMA) by each State’s Emergency Management Department. Association members might qualify for PA as a Non-Profit, particularly for Small Business Association (SBA) loans. Eligibility for assistance is based upon the types of services provided.  Gardens affected by the hurricanes should visit the following websites for more information and resources: – Public Assistance Media Library:
Resources for Puerto Rico (PR) and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) can be found here:
The Request for Public Assistance (RPA) deadline is now 5:00 pm, Oct. 31, 2017. This is a critical deadline and supersedes any previous deadlines provided by the State. If your arts organization, cultural institution, or government entity misses it, you miss the opportunity to be considered for, and possibly receive, federal disaster assistance. Please do not pre-judge your organization about its eligibility. It’s most important that you file that RPA now. If, for some reason, your organization turns out not to be eligible, it will at least help FEMA know who and where you are so we can determine if other resources can be brought to bear to help you.

The FEMA News Release about the October 31 RPA deadline can be found at

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The scenes of devastation wrought by the wildfires challenge our comprehension, and the loss of life gives us all pause. Although the fires have turned neighborhoods to ash, the hope exists that cherished family heirlooms somehow survived the flames. If any have survived, these precious items are often covered with soot and ash, requiring prompt and gentle attention to avoid further damage. The Heritage Emergency National Task Force offers basic guidelines from professional conservators for those who search for, and find, family treasures amid the ruins:

“After the Fire: Advice for Salvaging Damaged Family Treasures”

This fact sheet has been posted on the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) website: