Self-care for disaster workers

Emergency Support Service responders – and their families and friends – are encouraged to read these pages to understand and anticipate the possible emotional consequences associated with responding to disasters. These pages address a number of issues including self-assessment, disaster workers as secondary victims, fatigue, frustration and anger, stress relief and returning home from a disaster.

Before assignment self-assessment

Disasters are very demanding. Before you are sent on an assignment be sure to do a self-assessment on your health, employment and finances and, personal and family life.

While on assignment

There are emotional health tools and skills for the workers on assignment and for their families and friends.

Returning home

You will have had an intense experience, which may begin to wear heavily on you when you return to your family and friends. Here are some tips for the disaster worker returning home from assignment.