Community Response to Disaster: The Role of the Workplace

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Disasters, natural and man-made, have a considerable impact on communities. Most recently, disasters stemming from terrorist attacks have become a leading cause of concern. The importance of work in the lives of employees, coupled with the vulnerability of workplaces as potential targets of terrorist attacks, suggests that workplaces can and should play a role in planning for, and responding to, disasters. This article addresses the role of the workplace in disasters, with an emphasis on the psychological impact of such events, by drawing upon experience and literature related to workplace violence and to other traumatic events in the workplace.

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