Returning Home After Disaster Relief Work
Interviewer: We are so glad you are back and want to take this opportunity to
learn more about what you have been doing the past 2 weeks.
- a. Can you briefly describe what you have been doing? b. What else?
(Continue probing for details.)
- a. How were things different at the disaster site from what you normally
do here? b. What else was different? (Continue probing for details.)
- What was the hardest part of the disaster work for you?
- a. What did you and your team accomplish that you are proudest of? b. How
did you do that?
- What is your best memory or moment from your experience?
- What else happened that is important for me to know?
- What suggestions do you have about how to improve future responses or
missions to disaster operations?
- How will you be able to apply your experiences and what you learned in
disaster work to your work here?
- a. Has your disaster work given you ideas about what we could do better
here? b. How can we best use what you learned from your disaster work
- Is there anything I can do to help you make this happen?
- How would you like to share your experience with the rest of the
division/branch/office? (e.g., some people may want to do this
informally—one-on-one; some might want to write an e-mail; some might want to
talk at their next staff meeting)
Interviewer: Thanks so much for talking with me. I am impressed by
We both know that the return to work after an assignment like the one you’ve had
can provoke a host of reactions. I want you to know that my door is always open.
If it is okay with you, I will check back with you to see how things are going
in another week or so.
Development by Cynthia K. Hansen, Ph.D.