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Preparing for Disasters during a Pandemic

Wed March 3, 2021: 11:00 am-12:30 pm EST

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many populations have experienced additional disasters and hazards, including wildfires and hurricanes. Many people have also experienced hardships such as food insecurity, military service member deployments, and loss of employment. This session addresses the unique planning and preparations necessary when families experience multiple disasters and hazards simultaneously. Dr. Keith Tidball approaches the conversation with an emphasis on planning and growth. We are living in a time of teachable moments, when we can be both proactive (planning ahead for social and mental impacts) and reactive (taking note of what is being done and what has worked). Dr. Tidball shares strategies for building in extra layers of protections on disaster and hazard planning, being cognizant of impacts as they occur, and incorporating different impacts and lessons learned into dynamic plans. Military families already face unique challenges as they experience hazards and disasters—this session helps prepare service providers to offer the supports required when multiple hazards and disasters are experienced simultaneously.


Dr. Keith Tidball

  • Assistant Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension,
    Environment & Natural Resources
  • Senior Extension Associate, Department of Natural Resources,
    Cornell University
  • Commander, 2nd Detachment, 10th Area Command, New York Guard, NY Department of Military & Naval Affairs

Continuing Education (CE) Credit

Certificate of completion available.
Continuing education information is forthcoming.

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Session materials coming soon!

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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