GARD: Prevent & sustain
As part of our Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program, our aviation experts work together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to prepare airport staff and disaster management agency employees for the logistical challenges associated with a natural disaster.
A major component of the multi-day GARD workshops is an extensive risk analysis, during which participants consider different disaster scenarios and develop the appropriate emergency response strategies and procedures. External partners, such as local aid organizations, are also included in the workshops whenever possible. Because facilities and organizations change over time, it is important to keep contingency plans up to date. Our "GARD plus" program is designed to provide this follow-up support.
GARD workshops conducted with success
During the reporting year, six airports were assessed and four workshops were conducted at airports in El Salvador, the Philippines, Armenia and Panama, with a total of more than 140 participants.