Stress Management

Stress Recognition and Management during Disaster Response

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The operations of large disasters and complex emergencies can overwhelm all responders.  All of us feel stress but disaster situations can cause a higher level of stress due to the circumstances. In order to remain productive and effective as an emergency responder or volunteer it is imperative that you learn to recognize the signs of stress, know when you should seek help and learn self-care practices to help alleviate the effects of stress.

This training will allow emergency responders and volunteers to understand stress within the context of emergency response, recognize when stress has reached a troubling level and learn to develop a self-care protocol for use during deployment in order to address the effects of stress and alleviate them.

CEUs: 1 contact hour (0.1 CEUs) awarded upon successful completion


By the end of Stress Recognition and Management during Disaster Response, the learner will be able to:

  • Describe mental health protocols
  • Recognize symptoms of secondary stress
  • Identify self-care practices
  • Locate mental health resources in the community, at work, and amongst peers.




Capability 14: Responder safety and Health

Function 1: Identify responder safety and health risks

Function 2: Identify safety and personal protective needs

Function 3: Coordinate with partners to facilitate risk-specific safety and health training

Function 4: Monitor responder safety and health actions



1. Model Leadership

1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions

1.2 manage behaviors associated with emotional responses in self and others

1.4 Maintain Situation Awareness

1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures

4.  Protect Worker Health and Safety

4.2 Employ protective behaviors according to changing conditions, personal limitations, and threats

4.3 Report unresolved threats to physical and mental health through the chain of command

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