Disaster preparedness: Get Airports Ready for Disaster

We developed the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program based on our longstanding experience in disaster management. In cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), GARD helps prepare personnel at airports and relevant organizations such as airlines, aid organizations, disaster management authorities and other local authorities for the logistical challenges associated with disaster relief efforts. In this way, GARD helps improve and professionalize the processing of large volumes of relief supplies and passengers.

The GARD program consists of multi-day workshops in which participants evaluate airport capacity, conduct risk assessments and develop individualized emergency response plans under the guidance of our air freight experts. The follow-up module “GARD plus” includes a test run of recommended measures six to twelve months after the initial GARD training. This ensures that emergency response plans remain up-to-date and can be deployed immediately.

GARD trainers and GARD materials are provided by Deutsche Post DHL Group free of charge. UNDP is responsible for project implementation as well as coordination with the government agencies. It also handles organization of the GARD workshops and covers logistics costs. Funding from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) helps support the work of the UNDP.

So far GARD workshops have been conducted at 38 airports in disaster-prone regions in Armenia, Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritius, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, the Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Turkey. Five of these workshops took place in 2016: in India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mauritius and the Seychelles. In all, more than 800 participants received training in disaster management.