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Preparing for Disasters during a Pandemic

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

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About this Session:

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 and Extension educators to offer the supports required when multiple hazards and disasters are experienced simultaneously.

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Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the unique attributes of a pandemic within a disaster and all-hazards context.
  2. Discuss the particular preparation, management, mitigation and response required for handling this unique kind of hazard (pandemic)
  3. Understand the added complexity of preparedness and response for other hazards and disasters while in the midst of a pandemic
  4.  Identify non-traditional coping mechanisms for side effects of a pandemic such as long-term quarantine and isolation.


Dr. Keith TidballImage of 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

The Military Families Learning Network will apply for the following Continuing Education (CE) credits:

  • This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification for approval to provide board certified case managers with 1.5 clock hours.
  • 1.5 CE credits from the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE)
  • 1.5 CE credits will be obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors, and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists from the University of Texas at Austin, Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Check with your state licensing agency for reciprocity and/or credit approval if licensed for other professions or in one of the following states: CO, FL, HI, IA, KS, KY, MI, NY, ND, OH, OK

This session will also offer a certificate of completion.

Please revisit this page for updated information on the approval status for the above CE credits.

Session Materials

Session Flyer (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.

Visit the Series Homepage

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