Resilience 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.

Employee and Family Pre-Deployment

This Web page contains resources and information about stressors and emotional issues that employees and their families may be dealing with before and during deployment into a catastrophic incident recovery zone.

  • Let Us Take Care of You! (PDF). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pamphlet.
  • When You Might Be Deployed (PDF). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Brochure NMH06-0234.
  • When a Parent is Deployed (PDF). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Brochure NMH06-0232.
  • When a Spouse is Deployed (PDF). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Brochure NMH06-0233.
Supervisors
Intra-Deployment Supervisors
Employee and Family Post-Deployment

This Web page contains information and resources that address problems and emotional issues that can arise when employees return home to their families and workplaces after deployment. Employees and their family members may experience emotional and physical reactions after deployment to catastrophic incidents; this packet contains information to help employees and families address issues that arise during this reintegration process.

Additional Resources

A joint project of these Agencies for the benefit of all Federal and federalized response workers, their families, and their supervisors.

Other Resources