Skip to main content

Families in Disaster Recovery: Coordinating Support at the Installation Level

Families in Disaster Recovery: Coordinating Support at the Installation Level

About the Session:

This interactive panel presentation provides a general overview of Red Cross services as they relate to individuals, families, and communities in hazard and disaster readiness and action.  Special focus will be given to military families and communities.  Extension educators as well as military service providers will find this panel discussion helpful as they work with military families.

The session provides information regarding: 1) relevant Red Cross programs, structures, and resources, 2) relationship management and community resilience between military installations and surrounding communities, 3) the Red Cross’ role as trusted communication link among military families in times of crisis, 4) Red Cross programming focusing on hazard mitigation and disaster preparation, and 5) recovery resources for military families, many of whom live off-base.

Register for this Session


Image of Jessie Kozel

Jessica Kozel
Disaster Program Manager
American Red Cross Central Appalachian Region

Jessie Kozel is a Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross of the Central  Appalachia Region. She has over 10 years of experience with the organization. Jessie’s  emergency management career started in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. Today, she is responsible for facilitating all  Red Cross responses for 18 counties, ensuring that preparedness and mitigation plans are  established. Jessie coordinates involvement in exercises and meetings with various agencies  and works through multiple county Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs) to ensure that all  needs have been addressed and will be met. Jessie participates and serves as a Subject Matter  Expert in developing emergency plans for other private sector organizations and is committed to  continuing her education and career in Emergency Management. In her spare time, she enjoys  kayaking, hiking and spending time outdoors.

Imge of Ed Helphinstine

Ed Helphinstine
Regional Manager
Red Cross Services to Armed Forces

Ed Helphinstine is the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services Manager for the Central Appalachian Region of the American Red Cross. He is a results-oriented professional with nearly 30 years of experience leading and managing complex and diverse teams. Ed has been with the American Red Cross for five years, beginning his career with the Red Cross as a Disaster Program Manager. In his current role, he ensures that the needs of service members, veterans and their families are met with compassion in a geographic region of 77 counties.  He is a former US Army Officer and has extensive experience and a proven record of successfully leading, building and training teams in austere environments. This experience includes training and mentoring the leadership of the Afghan Special Operations Division Intelligence Battalion, managing a multi-million-dollar overseas counternarcotics program and directing all Intelligence activities for Special Forces in Afghanistan.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.


Christopher Plein, Ph.D.
MFLN Military Caregiving Concentration


Learn more about this session and get the registration link here:

The connection information will be emailed to you once you register.

Who Is Attending

Add Comment

Comments (2)

Newest · Oldest · Popular

Automated message: Thanks for sharing this event! If you can, please remember to update this listing after your event with a link to the recording. You can do that by coming back to your event here in Connect Extension, clicking "Manage Event" and then "Edit Event." From there, I suggest adding the words "Recording Available Here" to the top of your event and linking out to the recording. Example: Recording Available Here

Thanks for helping us make this an awesome archive of resources for Cooperative Extension!

FAQs for Learn Calendar Users:

Will a recording be available?

That is entirely up to the host of this webinar/online event. If this is an Extension Foundation hosted event - we will update this calendar listing with a link to the recording usually within 48 hours. Keep in mind, many of the offerings found here in Connect Extension are brought to you by your colleagues across the system. While we encourage them to update their listings with recordings, it is entirely up to them.

How do I know if it is an Extension-hosted event?

eXtension posts publicly our events to two calendars - the Extension Foundation Member Calendar and the Opportunities for Cooperative Extension Calendar.  All other events coming from across Cooperative Extension are posted to the Learn Calendar or to one of the regional calendars. All calendars populate to the same main calendar on Connect Extension. To tell the difference between what events are posted to what calendars easily, you'll see the name of the calendar posted above the title of the event if you scroll to the top.

What if I have trouble accessing this webinar?

Please contact the author of this calendar event. The individual that posted this event will have their username automatically listed at the bottom of the body of their post, right above the social media buttons. When you hover over that name, you are able to send them a private message.


About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation is a membership-based non-profit designed to be the engine fueling U.S. Cooperative Extension’s advancement in making a more visible and measurable impact in support of education outreach from land-grant universities/colleges located in every state and territory. Extension Foundation is embedded in the U.S. Cooperative Extension System and serves on the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP). The Foundation provides an array of opportunities for Extension professionals that foster innovation creation, the adoption of innovations at member institutions, and increased impact of Extension programs. This work is supported by your membership dollars and funding from USDA-NIFA, grant no. 2020-41595-30123. For more information on Extension Foundation membership, please visit You can also find our Terms of Servicee here

© 2021 Extension Foundation. All rights reserved.

Link copied to your clipboard.