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ULM Gerontology presents emergency preparedness symposium May 4 via Zoom

Published April 27, 2021

WHAT: Symposium on Emergency Preparedness

WHEN: 1-5 p.m., Tuesday, May 4

WHERE: Via Zoom

COST: Free (registration is required)

REGISTRATION: Email Dr. Anita Sharma, asharma@ulm.edu with your name and affiliation


The beginning of warm weather marks the beginning of hurricane season, officially June 1-Nov. 20 for the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. In 2020, a record-breaking two tropical storms and three hurricanes hit Louisiana.



"After an overly active 2020 season, the weathermen are predicting another very active hurricane season. A proactive approach may be the best defense against emergencies and for disaster management," said Anita Sharma, Ph.D., director of the University of Louisiana Monroe Gerontology program.


From 1-5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 4, ULM Gerontology in collaboration with the Governor's Offices of Elderly Affairs, Disability Affairs, and Homeland Security will present an emergency preparedness seminar. The Alzheimer's Association will also provide proactive information for the caregivers of dementia patients.


May is Older American's Month with the 2021 theme "Communities of Strength." The emergency preparedness symposium will emphasize the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities.


"Often, the vulnerable and underserved populations are the ones that are hit the hardest during natural disasters. Lack of adequate preparedness and lack of information about available resources increases the vulnerability of older adults and people with disabilities. A proactive approach helps strengthen our community during natural disasters," Sharma said.


The seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is required by contacting Dr. Sharma at asharma@ulm.edu with your name and affiliation.