Emergency Planning for Farmers Markets

In this class, we help you think through what could happen at your market and how to prepare for potential incidents.

Emergency manager Paul Helmuth explains why farmers markets need emergency action plans and how you can develop one. He also points you to helpful resources and discusses who should review your plan.

This class is divided into 5 lessons: 

  • Lesson 1: Emergency Action Plans, Incident Documentation & Evacuation Procedures.
  • Lesson 2: Medical Emergencies
  • Lesson 3: Threat Incidents
  • Lesson 4: Severe Weather & Other Risks
  • Lesson 5: Resources and Q&A

About Our Instructor …

Paul Helmuth is deputy emergency coordinator for the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia. Paul has over 30 years experience in emergency services as a paramedic, a firefighter, and as an emergency manager.

Class is Pre-Recorded and Ready to Watch! 

What is included:
  • Access to the 1 1/2 hour long pre-recorded class. (video, audio & transcript)
  • Invitation to a Live Q&A Session.
    Ask your questions directly to your instructor. This session will also be recorded and uploaded in case you are unable to attend live.
  • An Assignment.
    There is an optional assignment we encourage you to complete. It is designed to help you implement what you learn in the training.
  • Invitation to join our private Facebook group to connect with other market managers.

You’ll get access to everything for:

A One-Time Payment of



Farmers Market University is a program of the Virginia Farmers Market Association, a 501c3 non-profit. We’ve been teaching online market management courses since 2017.

With so many of our students coming from outside of Virginia, we realized there was national interest in our courses. We launched this platform to make them available to all.