Workforce Resiliency 1: Stressful Effects of Disasters on Workers

Mental Health
Online Course
45 minutes
University of Washington
Northwest PERLC
Mental Health in Public Health Emergencies
Public Health Agency Management during Emergencies

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Stress infiltrates our lives every day and has effects beyond what we usually realize. The Workforce Resiliency series provides information about individual and organizational resiliency in the face of stress, emergencies, and disasters. In module 1, Stressful Effects of Disasters on Workers, learn how to define stress and the effects that stress has on your behavior, biology, and psychology in both day to day and disaster situations. Module 2, Individual and Organizational Preparedness, helps you to distinguish types of coping styles, incorporate strategies to increase organizational preparedness, and maintain your personal resiliency and well being to ensure that you and your organization will be ready to respond in the event of a disaster. The final module in the series, During and After a Disaster, details steps that you and your organization can take to maintain and restore resiliency during and after a disaster or emergency.

Learning Objectives: 
  • Define stress and discuss its relationship to workplace performance
  • List and describe various routine work-related stressors as well as likely disaster-related stressors
  • Explain the psychological, social, behavioral, biological, and physical elements of acute stress and how these aspects relate to one another
  • Describe the characteristics of both individual and workforce resilience in the context of disasters
PHEP Capabilities: 
Responder Safety and Health