Crisis on Top of Crisis: Guidance for Disaster Shelters during the COVID-19 Pandemic and How to Deliver the Message (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

20 Sep 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on July 2, 2020.

Training Overview
Preparing for hurricane season can be stressful especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this webinar, CDC experts will discuss special considerations for general population hurricane shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic and how community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and public health professionals can effectively communicate messages. They will also share hurricane resources and educational materials you can use and distribute within your own communities.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer
Mollie Mahany, MPH and Sabrina Riera, MPH

Mollie Mahany, MPH is a Senior Public Health Advisor at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.  Ms. Mahany has over 20 years of experience in disaster risk management, both domestically and abroad.  She has served on more than a dozen technical consultancies for the WHO, and has provides technical assistance to state, territorial and international governments and organizations on a broad range of public health issues including disaster risk reduction,  and emergency management. She is currently supporting the COVID-19 response as the co-lead COVID-19 Environmental Health Task Force and as a member of the CDC Hurricane Planning Workgroup.

Sabrina Riera, MPH is a Digital Content Specialist with Tanaq Support Services supporting CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. Since 2016, she has been actively involved in emergency preparedness and response efforts for natural, radiation, and chemical disasters.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • identify topics in the CDC Interim Guidance for General Population Disaster Shelters During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • describe key points and considerations for general population shelters and COVID-19
  • explain crisis and emergency risk communication best practices for delivering hurricane messaging during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • recognize CDC resources and educational materials available for COVID-19 and hurricanes


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

Crisis on Top of Crisis: Guidance for Disaster Shelters during the COVID-19 Pandemic and How to Deliver the Message
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