COVID19: From Recovery to Resilience

Instructor: Josh DeVincenzo, National Center for Disaster Preparedness


    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all aspects of our lives to be uprooted, and our world will never be the same. In order to navigate these uncertain times, in 2020 we offered a “COVID19: From Recovery to Resilience” workshop grounded in expertise from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. 

    NCDP has curated workshop materials based on years of fieldwork and academic research on topics of economic and housing recovery, children in crisis, and mental health and disasters, among other essential themes that expand the lens of disaster management into the 21st century. As the frequency and complexity of disasters persist, the need for disaster management education across sectors to respond to COVID-19 is especially important.

    This workshop encompassed a whole-community approach in its delivery and welcomed learners from diverse professional backgrounds and interests. A whole-community approach attempts to engage learners from the private and nonprofit sectors, including businesses, faith-based and disability organizations, and the general public, in conjunction with the participation of local, tribal, state, territorial, and federal government partners to leverage and strengthen social infrastructure, networks, and assets as they pertain to disaster management (FEMA, 2011).

    Each workshop session included a "voice from the field" talk, interactive exercises, and discussion to introduce strategic thinking, planning, and implementation on real challenges of emergency management past, present, and future. In addition, participants had opportunities to network and collaborate throughout the workshop in live virtual sessions and asynchronous discussion forums. 

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Gain an understanding of the whole community and systems approach to managing disasters
    • Analyze interdisciplinary approaches to disaster management across disciplines and historic events
    • Apply critical disaster frameworks and strategies to managing recovery and resilience efforts in your own field

    Schedule: (VIRTUAL) Wednesdays October 7 - November 4, 2020, 4:00pm - 7:00pm ET

    1. Wednesday, October 7
    2. Wednesday, October 14
    3. Wednesday, October 21
    4. Wednesday, October 28
    5. Wednesday, November 4