Interiorscape Business Disaster Relief Resources & How You Can Help

As I’m sure many of you have, I’ve experienced a range of emotions related to watching wall-to-wall news coverage of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and the fires out west.

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everyone trying to pick up the pieces after disasters like these. Fortunately, all of the friends and colleagues we’ve checked in with are safe sans some lost koi fish. My initial reaction was to the broader humanitarian crisis, but I think it’s also important to think about businesses and business owner’s in our industry faced with rebuilding and restoring normalcy after these events.

Many of you are aware that we have waived/credited all open invoices for those in directly impacted regions prior to Monday, September 11th 2017. Further, we have offered 20% off our wholesale prices to those people through the end of the year to assist with the rebuild efforts. In response, many plantscapers in non-affected regions have reached out to ask how they can help contribute to their colleagues in their time of need. That reaction prompted me to compose this blog post.

At the moment, the best advice I can give to those wanting to help their colleagues is to look for interiorscapers located in affected regions and reach out to them directly. Offer to pay off one of their invoices, provide moral support or just ask them directly what you can do to help them specifically. This is a great way to network with a peer and start what may become a lasting relationship. You can start a search for plantscapers in those regions by checking out Green Plants for Green Buildings supporter directory. You can also stay in touch with your peers via our Interiorscape.com Facebook group as many people are sharing updates there.

 

How you can help Florida growers rebuild

Kingston White of Morning Dew Tropical Plants did a great write up on the status of Florida growers regarding what they need and how you can help. Check it out here.

 

Donate to the Green Plants for Green Buildings Hurricane Relief Fund

Join Green Plants for Green Buildings and other industry leaders in providing relief to interiorscapers, plant distributors and growers supplying the interiorscape industry whose business have been impacted by hurricanes Harvey & Irma. Check it out here.

 

Has your business been affected by hurricane Irma, Harvey, forest fires or another natural disaster?

Here’s a list of resources you may not know about that will help you get your business back up and running after a disaster…

FNGLA Hurricane Irma Recover – http://www.fngla.org/irma/

The US Small Business Administration (SBA), provides Physical Disaster Business Loans and Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Small Businesses – https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance

The US Economic Development Administration (EDA), through its Post-Disaster Response Program, provides revolving loan fund grants to public and nonprofit organizations to provide loans to businesses in support of the economic recovery strategy – https://www.eda.gov/programs/disaster-recovery/

The Rural Housing and Community Development Service provides various types of assistance,
including technical assistance; and payments covering a major portion of the cost to eligible farmers who perform emergency conservation actions on disaster damaged farmland – https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/services/rural-development-disaster-assistance

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), provides various forms of tax relief for those impacted by hurricanes – https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-relief-in-disaster-situations

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides emergency loans to help farmers and ranchers who own or operate a farm/ranch located in a county declared by the President or designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as a primary disaster area or quarantine area. – https://www.govloans.gov/loans/loan-details/346

We will continue to update this blog post as we learn about new programs or industry specific efforts to support disaster recovery.

Jeremy is the owner and CEO of NewPro Containers, publisher of Modern Plantscaper Magazine, and co-founder of Relevance.com, a content promotion and distribution services company. Jeremy sits on the national board of Green Plants for Green Buildings. He is a graduate of Purdue University

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