Disaster and Hazard Readiness

Service members and their families experience added stressors and challenges in the face of disasters and hazards. What does military family readiness look like during these event lifecycles?

These courses cover the basics of disaster preparedness, impact and response and also dive deeper into family caregiving, personal finance, the community recovery aspect and more!

16.5 hours of FREE content for professionals, educators, and those interested in learning more about disaster and hazard readiness, each offering continuing education credit.

The Foundations

Courses engage participants in a broad conversation of disaster and hazard management and response with an emphasis on the unique readiness needs of military families.

Disaster and Hazard Readiness 101
Begin with a high-level overview that addresses terminology, phases of management, and types of disasters and hazards. This course provides insights into significant research guiding disaster and hazard readiness and response, as well as the role and impact of media, and emergent conversations around the COVID-19 pandemic.

Impacts and Responses in Disaster and Hazard Readiness
Discuss impacts from several vantage points—social and emotional, family and community, agricultural and environment, and housing and food security. This course addresses response phases, factors impacting community recovery, and what professionals and families can do now for better outcomes using a whole community response and recovery approach.

Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best
This final course ties together all planning aspects involved in military family readiness from both family and service professional perspectives. Strategies, resources, and templates are shared, with a focus on the who, what, when, where, and why of preparation, mitigation, and recovery.


Disaster Readiness in Action

Courses focus on implementing the unique skills and resources military family service providers need as they manage disasters and hazards within their professional fields.

Financial Preparedness is Disaster Preparedness
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 are shared that can be used with service members and families.

Food and Nutrition Before, During, and After Disasters
Obtaining safe food before, during, and after disasters or hazards, such as a hurricane or a pandemic, is a necessity for survival. In this course, 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

Preparing for a Disaster during a Pandemic 
This course addresses the unique planning and preparations necessary when families experience multiple disasters and hazards simultaneously. Strategies are shared 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.

Supporting Parents and Children Through Hazards and Disasters
Explore tips and strategies for clinicians, Extension educators, and support-service providers working with parents as they navigate challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic considering socio-emotional development and resilience. This course addresses the importance of planning for increases in domestic violence and child maltreatment during emergencies , and explore what serving victims in this context looks like.

Going Beyond the Checklist in Emergency Preparedness – Taking Action 
Caregivers can play a vital role in assisting families living with disabilities as they plan and prepare for disasters. Gain the knowledge and understanding, especially regarding disability, to encourage families to take action now, before disaster strikes.

Families in Disaster Recovery: Coordinating Support at the Installation Level
This course provides a general overview of Red Cross services as they relate to individuals, families, and communities in hazard and disaster readiness and action.  Special focus will be given to military families and communities.

Surviving the 2020 Pandemic: Lessons Learned on How to Best Support our EI/ECSE Communities
This course addresses systemic changes that can be made to prepare EI/ECSE systems to be immediately responsive to the needs of professionals, families, and young children served during and following a disaster or hazard. Ways in which EI/ECSE practitioners and Extension educators can prepare to provide crucial support to young children with disabilities and their military families in times of disasters or hazards also are shared.

Connecting with Communities in Asset-based Disaster Recovery
This course shares the community interconnections and assets that  emerged from the Asset-based Community Recovery workshops and provides resources for forging the community connections that will help us aid in disaster response and recovery for military families in the future.

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