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Resilence Resources for Emergency Response

Federal and federalized employees involved in emergency response may be physically and emotionally impacted by this experience. Employees involved in response efforts should be encouraged to care for their own health by maintaining normal sleeping habits, trying to exercise, eating well-balanced meals, drinking plenty of non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic beverages, taking rest breaks when possible, and talking about their feelings as needed.

Emergency response can be both rewarding and stressful, and it is important to recognize that some emotional reactions are to be expected. Support can be provided by family, friends, and consider utilizing community or faith-based organizations. Employers (agencies and contractors) should also make information available to employees about resources for addressing emotional and physical health issues that may arise before, during, and after emergency response efforts. Educational materials and counseling are important options, and employers should encourage the use of these resources to help support their employees.

This Web page describes and provides some educational materials that can assist employees, their families and supervisors before, during and after deployment. Federal and federalized employees may also have access to additional resources such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs). These employees should check with their employers for a complete list of support services and mental health resources.