Disaster and Hazard Readiness Foundations

Service members and their families experience added stressors and challenges in the face of disasters and hazards.

The inaugural Military Family Readiness Academy series, Disaster and Hazard Readiness Foundations, focuses on the unique needs of military families in the context of disaster and hazard readiness. Join facilitator Dr. Angie Lindsey, from the University of Florida, for three dynamic sessions throughout the fall to engage military family service providers and Cooperative Extension educators in foundational conversations that support readiness throughout the four stages of disaster and hazard management. Sessions engage participants in a broad conversation of disaster and hazard management and response with an emphasis on the unique readiness needs of military families.

Dr. Lindsey introduces the disaster and hazard landscape from multiple vantage points—terminology, major players, theoretical frameworks, the role of media, impacts, response and recovery, and planning from both service provider and family perspectives. Guest speakers at each session bring on-the-ground experiences and case studies to deepen the conversations. Journaling and other unique learning opportunities will engage participants in the thinking and planning required by professionals to help military families prepare, respond, and recover.

Family service professionals will gain knowledge and skills to better serve military families during times of crisis through a deep understanding of readiness perspectives, planning tools, systems, and mindsets.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit (CE) will be offered for all three sessions of this series. More details to come.

  • Each session will offer CE credit for FinCert Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CFPC).
  • Each session will offer CE credit for AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC).
  • Each session has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credits for the Certified Family Life Educator program through the National Council on Family Relations.
  • Each session has been approved for 1.5 CPEU for Registered Dietitians (RDNs)  and Dietetic Technicians (NDTRs).
  • Each has been approved for 1.5 clock hours from the Commission for Case Manager Certification.
  • Programming approval for CE credits has been obtained for Social Work, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the UT Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work. 
  • A certificate of completion will be available for each session.


picture of Angie LindseyAngie B. Lindsey is an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Youth & Community Sciences working within the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Center for Public Issues Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (PIE Center). Angie currently serves at the Point of Contact for the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) for UF/IFAS. Her research focuses on disaster preparedness and recovery within rural communities, looking at crisis communication efforts before, during and after disasters.  Her Extension work has been in partnership with Extension and organizations to meet gaps and needs within communities affected by disaster. Angie has worked on several large interdisciplinary projects including the Healthy Gulf, Healthy Communities project focused on resiliency and rebuilding of Gulf Coast communities following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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This series is part of the Military Family Readiness Academy. Learn about the Academy and other series offered by visiting the Academy homepage.