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
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.