Webinars, Training, and Education

Extreme Events Reconnaissance
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
February 7, 2018, 12:00 p.m. MST
Cost and Registration: Free, live webcast available

This seminar featuring Natural Hazards Center Director Lori Peek will discuss a new National Science Foundation-funded project that creates a new platform and communication network for social science and interdisciplinary disaster research. Topics include identifying a lack of formal structure for organizing and coordinating disaster research, drawing on information from the science of team science, and effectively using existing resources and databases.

Managerial Perspectives on the Role of Public Libraries in Disaster Response
Disaster Information Management Research Center February 8, 2018, 10:30 a.m. PST
Cost and Registration: Free

This webinar will highlight Linder Zarankin’s research on the role of public service libraries in disaster response. Topics include managerial perceptions of their organization’s responsibility, how organizations can best support their communities during disasters, and incorporating libraries in response planning.

Risk Communication for Dams
Association of State Dam Safety Officials
February 12, 2018, 12:00 p.m. EST
Cost and Registration: $130, register before the event

This webinar will focus on the importance of effective risk communication and stakeholder participation for dam safety. Topics include gaining new techniques for communicating with organizations, community leaders, and the public, understanding how to build relationships and create trust, and learning to harness the power of storytelling to communicate messages to diverse audiences. Continuing education credits are available.

Preparing for the Worst: Best Practices for Emergency Preparedness
National Network of Libraries of Medicine South Central Region
February 14, 2018, 10:00 a.m. CST
Cost and Registration: Free, register online before the event

This webinar will discuss the best practices in emergency preparedness and operational resilience at the organizational level. Topics include identifying vulnerability in organizations, effective communication and resource allocation skills, and applying mitigation strategies and policies to prepare for the worst.

Informing Environmental Health Decisions Through Data Integration
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
February 20-21, 2018
Cost and Registration: Free, register online before the event

This webcast will discuss the new opportunities and challenges that accompany our ability to integrate larger quantities and more diverse types of environmental health data. Topics include designing a new framework for data visualization, incorporating those techniques into environmental health decision making, and evaluating the future of data integration in the field.

National Dam Safety Program Technical Seminar
FEMA Emergency Management Institute
February 21-22, 2018
Cost and Access: Free, apply before January 5

This training will focus on effective emergency management techniques to build and maintain public trust around dam safety. Topics include learning how to implement the best preparedness measures, considering the costs and benefits of different preparedness techniques, understanding the needs of local communities, and examining case studies for successful dam recovery, response, and preparedness.

Halifax 100 – A Special Commemorative Episode
Emergency Preparedness in Canada (EPIC)
Cost and Access: Free, listen online or in podcast app

This podcast discusses lessons learned since the Halifax Harbor explosion in Nova Scotia 100 years ago. A special episode of EPIC podcast—an educational resource on Canadian emergency management and emergency preparedness topics—this edition includes interviews with disaster experts and historians, as well as music from Natalie MacMaster and other Canadian artists commemorating the event.

Engaged Scientists Series
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
Cost and Registration: Free, available for viewing

This webcast discusses issues of environmental health and safety and helps equip scientists with community engagement skills. Topics include exploring techniques to work more closely with communities, fostering dialogue and enabling two-sided conversations about environmental science, and understanding the role of power and privilege in community-based research.

Communicating During a Crisis: What a Hospital Epidemiologist Needs to Know
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Cost and access: Free, available for viewing

This webcast of a February 6, 2017, webinar is the first in a series that will help epidemiologists communicate during outbreaks. The discussion covers core principles of crisis emergency risk communication, crisis communication planning, and ways to tailor communication plans for individual audiences.

Cybersecurity and Healthcare Facilities
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ASPR TRACIE
Cost and access: Free, available for viewing

This webcast discusses cybersecurity issues for healthcare preparedness professionals. Topics include lessons learned from recent experiences, planning considerations, and steps the federal government is taking to address cybersecurity.

Going Off the Grid: Disaster, Resilience, and Off Grid Energy
Smart Villages
Cost and Registration: Free, available for viewing

This webcast discusses disasters and resilience and how they relate to off-grid energy, energy access, agricultural communities, and smart village efforts that provide opportunities to better respond to disasters.

Video Lecture Series
Socio-Environmental Immersion Program Lectures
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
Cost and Access: Free, available for download

This lecture series is the product of Socio-Environmental Immersion Program workshops. Each lecture provides an overview of a discipline; covers its history, foundational theories, and methods; and describes linkages of the overall discipline to socio-environmental issues and research. Topics include environmental history, change in socio-environmental systems, anthropology, sociology, economics, and ecology.

Online Course
Health Information for CBRNE
Disaster Information Management Research Center
Cost and registration: Free, register online at any time

This self-guided course gives an overview of the concepts of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives (CBRNE) hazards, including National Library of Medicine resources for health-related information on planning, response, and recovery. Continuing education credits are available.

Online Training
Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster
FEMA Emergency Management Institute
Cost and Registration: Free, registration required to receive education credits

This course will provide emergency management professionals and faith-based organizations active in disaster with tools they need to effectively engage religious and cultural groups before and after disaster. The five-hour course can be taken online at the learner’s own pace.