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Food and Nutrition Before, During and After Disasters

Wed February 24th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST

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Image of a collection of pantry items such as grains, seeds, and cans of food.

About This Session:

Obtaining safe food before, during, and after disasters or hazards, such as a hurricane or a pandemic, is a necessity for survival.

In this session, our partners from the Defense Commissary Agency share what they do to keep our food safe and what you should be shopping for before disasters hit. Extension faculty from the University of Florida share first-hand accounts of helping communities and individuals procure and prepare safe, healthy foods during and after a disaster.

Registered dietitians and nutritionists as well as Extension educators will find this session most helpful as they work locally with military families.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
1. Determine healthy meal preparation practices during a disaster, including special diet considerations.
2. Identify safe food practices for before, during, and after a disaster.
3. Describe the safe handling of drinking water before, during, and after a disaster.
4. State the mission of the DeCA’s Public Health Team.
5. Explain what the DeCA Public Health Team does to assist our stores during emergencies/ disasters.
6. Describe how DeCA’s Public Health Team assistance to the stores affects our patrons during emergencies/ disasters.

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Presenters

Kendra ZamojskiImage of Kendra Zamojski
Family and Consumer Sciences
Regional Specialized Agent
UF/IFAS Extension
Northwest District
University of Florida

Kendra Zamojski is Regional Specialized Agent in Family and Consumer Sciences for the University of Florida IFAS Extension. Kendra provides leadership to district programs in the Northwest District. Kendra earned her bachelor’s degree in Family Studies and her master’s degree in Education from Western Michigan University. She has over 20 years of experience as a Family and Consumer Sciences Agent providing education in health and wellness. Kendra coordinated district wide Extension educational, response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael in 2018.

LuAnn Duncan, MSImage of LuAnn Duncan
Extension Agent III
Family and Consumer Food and Systems
University of Florida IFAS Extension, Sumter County

Ms. Duncan has 27 years of experience working with Extension in two states. Her educational programs focus on health and wellness, food systems, housing, financial management and human development.  Her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are from the Ohio State University and she is completing her certification to be an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC).  LuAnn is the Master Trainer Select for the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program for UF IFAS Extension.  As part of the Extension duties in her county, she is an employee of Sumter County Emergency Operations and her office manages one of the local emergency shelters. 

Image of Richard StithRichard C. Stith, Jr. MS, CFSM
DeCA-SOHF
Chief, Public Health Division

Mr. Stith is the Chief, Public Health Division at the Defense Commissary  Agency within the Directorate of Public Health and Safety. He serves as the principle  food safety advisor for all 238 commissaries located world-wide.  He has over twenty-four years of prior active duty military service with the U.S.  Army’s Veterinary Corps, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer Four. He has served in  various echelons of the military and has a varied assignment history from combat to  DoD agency level support. His previous experience with commissary operations was  through installation support in the Great Plains Region as well as OCONUS in Europe  and Japan.

Image of Kristen O'NellKirsten O’Nell, MS
Health & Wellness Coordinator
Defense Commissary Agency

Ms. O’Nell is the Health and Wellness Coordinator with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA).  She has an MS in Human Resource Development, from Drexel University, which focuses on using small interventions to improve performance, something she currently uses to assist the Commissary’s Health and Wellness program.  Her career goal is to work in policy and advocacy for underserved communities.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

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Continuing Education

  • 1.5 CPEUs for RDNs and NDTRs from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • This session also offers a certificate of completion.

Session Materials

Session Slides (PDF)

Session Flyer (PDF)

Session Resources (PDF)

 


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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4 Replies to “Food and Nutrition Before, During and After Disasters”

  1. I can not find the commissary website they talked about with the recipes and what to fix when you have no power. I didn’t see it listed int he resources either.
    Can you please send it to me?
    Thanks!

  2. I would like to register for this session: FOOD AND NUTRITION BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER DISASTERS
    Wed February 24th: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST

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