Tips for Retaining and Caring for Staff After a Disaster   [open pdf - 219KB]

"When disasters strike, the ripple effects are significant. Survivors may be injured or displaced, or may have loved ones in similar situations. The emotional, physical, and financial tolls can be jarring, and no one in the community is immune. Healthcare providers and staff who maintain facility operations are no exception, and yet they are a critical component of the response phase and expected to care not only for their own loved ones, but community members and the facility, too. Leadership plays a vital role in ensuring staff feel cared for and safe. Remind your team that their jobs are important and secure. Provide regular and clear communication regarding how leadership is working to continue and restore operations. This tip sheet assumes that a facility is operational after an event and that certain pre-planning and continuity of operations considerations are already in place. Here we share general promising practices--categorized by immediate and short-term needs--for facility executives to consider when trying to retain and care for staff after a disaster."

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