Hurricane Survey: Short Term Program, Lasting Impact
A project following Hurricane Irma shows the importance of building short-term partnerships that have lasting impacts. This presentation was originally part of the EDEN’s 2020 Annual Meeting. This virtual session was conducted on September 24 by Libby Carnahan (University of Florida).
This session will present a guidance document compiled from lessons learned over several active hurricane seasons. The project was done in collaboration with the Florida state chapter of the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA), a national NGO. The project started with a collaboration following Hurricane Irma in Spring 2018. The result of this collaboration was an evaluation tool that has been used and refined through the 2015- 2017 Hurricane seasons. The collated data includes more than 12 distinct nature centers throughout the state of Florida. The findings from the survey will be shared during this session. In addition, a report of best practices for Nature Centers for storm preparation will also be shared. Ultimately, this session will show the importance of building short-term partnerships that have lasting impacts.