"The magnitude of death and destruction in disasters and the extent of the response demand special attention to the needs of health care providers. Physical safety and security of providers (as well as patients) must take first priority. The psychological challenges that health care providers face after disasters are related to exposure to patients and their families who are traumatized by suffering nearly unbearable losses. These psychological challenges combine with long hours of work, decreased sleep and fatigue. Seeing the effects of disaster on others and hearing their stories increase the stress of providers. Self care, self monitoring and peer monitoring are as important as caring for patients. The following management plan for your staff may help minimize later difficulties."
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress: http://www.centerforthestudyoftraumaticstress.org