Learning Opportunities: Resources for Hurricane Readiness & Recovery (The Hub Speaks, May 2020)

For the May issue of The Hub Speaks, we have curated resources and training opportunities for preparing for this year’s hurricane season. We will continue to provide updates and resources to help public health professionals and other community organizations to educate and assist in preparing their communities for natural disasters during a pandemic.

Georgia Micro Training Sessions and Job Aids

The Georgia Hurricane Response Hub partnered with the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health to develop several micro training sessions to help the public health workforce properly handle a response to natural disasters. Learn more about the Responder Safety, Tracking and Resilience module, the Emergency Support Function #8, or psychological first aid by visiting the links below.

Micro training sessions:

Job aids:

NOAA (SECART) 2020 Hurricane Awareness Webinar Series: South East Region

Hurricane Dorian – Impacts in the Bahamas
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 11AM-noon ET (1 hour duration)
The National Hurricane Center’s Hurricane Specialist, John Cangialosi will discuss Dorian’s forecast challenges. Trevor Basden, Director of the Bahamas Dept of Meteorology will share his insights of Hurricane Dorian impacts on the Bahamas. Register for the webinar.

The value of improved hurricane forecasts
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 11AM-noon ET (1 hour duration)
Renato Molina, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics from the University of Miami, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science will discuss his recent NOAA funded work on the economic value of improved hurricane forecasts. Register for the webinar.

There are No Fish Storms – Marine Safety and Hurricanes
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 11AM-noon ET (1 hour duration)
Chris Landsea, Branch Chief of NHC’s Tropical Analysis Forecasting Branch, will discuss hurricane-related marine weather hazards and how to safely navigate hurricane season. Hurricane Specialist, Andy Latto will describe new outreach and education efforts aimed at raising marine weather awareness. Register for the webinar.

Webinar title: The use of Reconnaissance Aircraft Data in Weather Forecast Models
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 11AM-noon ET (1 hour duration)
Meteorologist researcher, Jason Sippel from NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory will provide an overview on how atmospheric data collected by the Hurricane Hunters are used in weather forecast models. Register for the webinar.

The following webinar will be delivered in Spanish:

Las lecciones aprendidas de las temporadas de huracanes 2018-19
(Lessons learned from the 2018-19 Hurricane Seasons)
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:00 AM – 12:00 noon ET (1 hour duration)
El meteorólogo a cargo, Roberto García, de la Oficina de Pronósticos de San Juan, Puerto Rico, presentará las lecciones aprendidas de las temporadas de huracanes 2018-19 y los nuevos esfuerzos de las redes sociales que el Centro Nacional de Huracanes planea usar esta temporada.

(Meteorologist in Charge, Roberto Garcia from the San Juan, Puerto Rico Weather Forecast Office will present lessons learned from the 2018-19 hurricane seasons and new social media efforts that the National Hurricane Center plans to use this season). Register for the webinar.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Courses

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute developed courses for members of the disaster workforce. These courses are designed to help participants successfully communicate the risks associated with hurricanes and the mitigation measures available to improve personal safety. Participants will also learn about the decision-making process for hurricanes and receive necessary information about tools that can help emergency managers prepare their communities.

Hurricane and Natural Disaster Awareness Courses

The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) developed courses for emergency managers, caregivers, responders, government administrators, and community members to help them make more informed decisions in hurricane planning and preparedness, reduce the vulnerability and risk of senior citizens in their care, and to assist caregivers in planning and preparing for their disaster response requirements.

OSHA Training Institute Education Center

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Training Institute Education Center developed training to provide hurricane disaster preparedness for communities that encompass the preparation strategies and comprehensive planning necessary before a tropical cyclone or hurricane strikes.

Disaster Site Worker Outreach Program

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration developed an Outreach Training Program to promote workplace safety and health and make workers more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and their rights. 


Environmental Health Communication Strategies in Public Health Emergency Events

Dual disaster scenarios are more likely than ever since communities dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic may also face springtime flooding, hurricane season, tornadoes, or other potential disasters. Join NNPHI’s Project ECHO to work alongside peers to learn strategies and share experiences in an interactive, free, virtual learning series. Over the course of six, bi-weekly sessions (held Tuesdays at 1:00 pm ET), participants will build communication and disaster response skills that can be applied to dual-disaster scenarios. 

 These sessions are designed for:

  • State and local non-governmental organizations who are part of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Public Information Officers

Cohort 2 will begin on June 2, 2020. Subsequent sessions will be June 16 and 30, July 14 and 28, and August 11.

Cohort 3 will begin on June 9, 2020. Subsequent sessions will be June 23, July 7 and 21, and August 4 and 18. 


NNPHI Public Health Navigator

The NNPHI Public Health Learning Navigator, a curated online resource supporting quality learning for the public health workforce, has training opportunities related to basic hygiene, crisis and risk communication, decision making in emergency preparedness, and several other topics that could help you respond to COVID-19 and hurricanes in your community. Visit the navigator to learn more.


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Resource Page

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled resources for the public, healthcare professionals, health departments, health care facilities, and others. Visit the CDC’s website for a complete list of resources and state-level data. 



The Hurricane Response Hub is committed to providing customized technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and agencies recovering from the effects of 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. To request technical assistance from one of the HRH technical assistance centers, submit the request below, and a representative from an HRH technical assistance center will contact you within two business days.

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The Importance of Protecting Your Mental Health: Before, During, and After a Disaster

Promoting Resilience in the Public Health Workforce: An Interview with Dr. Joseph Barbera


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