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Frequently practice emergency disaster drills with your employees.

Support Employee Health

People who have experienced a disaster may have special recovery needs.

  1. Encourage adequate food, rest and recreation.
  2. Provide for time at home to care for family needs, if necessary.
  3. Have an open door policy that facilitates seeking care when needed.
  4. Create opportunities for breaks where co-workers can talk openly about their fears and hopes. Sharing with others can speed personal recovery.
  5. Reassure one another that families will be supported. Worries about family well-being can consume workers who have experienced a disaster.
  6. Re-establish routines, when possible. Workplace routines facilitate recovery by providing an opportunity to be active and to restore social contact.
  7. Offer professional counselors to help co-workers address their fears and anxieties.
  8. Once the need to listen for emergency instructions has passed, limit television, radio and other external stresses.
  9. Take care of yourself. Leaders tend to experience added stress after a disaster. Your personal health and recovery is important to your family and your employees.