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Northwest Center for Public Health Practice

Public Health Training, Research, and Evaluation for the Northwest

During and After a Disaster


Stress infiltrates our lives every day and has effects beyond what we usually realize. This 45-minute online course is part three of the Workforce Resiliency series, which provides information about individual and organizational resiliency in the face of stress, emergencies, and disasters. In this final installment, During and After a Disaster, details steps that you and your organization can take to maintain and restore resiliency during and after a disaster or emergency.

Learning Objectives

    • List goals that organizations can set to help them maintain and build resiliency
    • List actions that organizations can take to sustain and increase resiliency during and after a disaster
    • Identify potential problems that may occur during a disaster response and determine solutions that can help alleviate the stressors that can occur
    • List actions that individuals can take to increase and sustain resilience during and after a disaster

      Intended Audience

      Public health administrators and managers; other public health professionals; nurses; first responders; and rescue workers

      Workforce Resiliency Series

      Part One: Stressful Effects of Disasters on Workers

      Part Two: Individual and Organizational Preparedness

      Part Three: During and After a Disaster


      These online courses have interactive exercises. Each course takes approximately forty-five minutes to complete.

      Module Instructor

      Randal Beaton, PhD, EMT
      Research Professor, School of Nursing
      Adjunct Research Professor, Health Services
      Northwest Center for Public Health Practice
      School of Public Health, University of Washington

      Technical Requirements

      These courses require certain software and browser plugins to be installed. See our Technical Requirements page for details.


      This online training course is text-based and designed for accessibility. Please note that the print version does not include interactive exercises, quizzes, or the final assessment. Flash-based interactive exercises and quizzes in the course may not be accessible to screen readers. To receive a print version of the course, please contact If you have any difficulties in accessing the information given in any of our documents or need further assistance, please contact

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      September 15, 2008
      Behavioral & Mental Health
      Emergency Preparedness & Disasters
      Leadership & Management
      Online Course
      45 minutes
      Workforce Resiliency
      Competency Domains: 
      Communication Skills
      Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills
      Policy Development/Program Planning Skills