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Financial Preparedness is Disaster Preparedness

Wed February 10, 2021: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST

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About this Session:

Financial preparedness is an important part of disaster readiness. When disasters occur, an emergency savings fund can be one of the primary resources to handle natural disasters and jumpstart recovery. This webinar discusses specific actions that can be taken to become financially prepared for any emergency or disaster situation. In this webinar, we will discuss specific actions that individuals and families can take to become financially prepared for any emergency or disaster situation. In addition, tools, strategies, and resources will be shared that can be used with service members and families.
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Sara Croymans joined the University of Minnesota Extension as an Extension educator in 1992 where she is committed to assisting individuals to develop critical life skills. She works with youth, adults, educators, and community agency staff on a variety of issues, including youth and money, decision-making, tenant education, learning styles, disaster financial recovery, and military family transitions. As an Accredited Financial Counselor through the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education, Sara has extensive financial counseling experience with gamblers, as well as military service members and their families. Sara earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Minnesota. Sara is a proud military spouse and mother. She serves as the PI for the Military Families Learning Network Family Transitions Team.

Sarah McNelis is a native of North Carolina where she served in the U.S. Army. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s in Communication and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University with a Master of Science in Social Administration. As a federal employee, Sarah has previously worked for the Department of the Navy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At FEMA, Sarah has served as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Administrator of FEMA and as a program manager in the Individual and Community Preparedness Division where she has focused her work on youth and financial preparedness. Sarah, her husband, dachshund, and the dachshund’s cat live in Washington, D.C.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Information will be added as it becomes available.

Session Materials

Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit

FEMA Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

This session is part of the 2021 Military Family Readiness Academy series entitled Disaster and Hazard Readiness in Action. Participants can choose from a range of sessions that will prepare providers to support the readiness and wellbeing of military families during disasters and hazards in areas such as caregiving, children and family needs, nutrition, and finances.

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