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

Dr. Angie 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.

Within This Series

Disaster and Hazard Readiness 101
Begin with a high-level overview that addresses terminology, phases of management, and types of disasters and hazards. This webinar 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 webinar 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 webinar 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.

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit (CE) is available for each of the webinars.

  • Each webinar will offer CE credit for FinCert Certified Personal Finance Counselors (CFPC).
  • Each webinar will offer CE credit for AFCPE Accredited Financial Counselors (AFC).
  • Each webinar has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credits for the Certified Family Life Educator program through the National Council on Family Relations.
  • Each webinar has been approved for 1.5 CPEU for Registered Dietitians (RDNs)  and Dietetic Technicians (NDTRs).
  • Each webinar 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 is available for each webinar.


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.


Dr. Keith Tidball is pictured with short hair, eyeglasses, a collared shirt and a business jacket. He is looking straight ahead with a relaxed facial expression.

Dr. Keith Tidball is the PI for the MFLN’s Community Capacity Building concentration area. He is the Associate Director of Environment and Natural Resources with Cornell Cooperative Extension and holds an appointment as Senior Extension Associate in the Department of Natural Resources. He is also the state program leader for the New York Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). In addition to his Extension roles, Dr. Tidball also currently serves as Chief Training Officer G7 of the New York Guard.

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