How to deal with the issue of stress before, during and after an emergency.

What you will learn

The components of an Emergency

About Stress and the role it playes in emergencies

Steps for handling each phase of an Emergency; Before the Emergency, During the Emergency, and After the Emergency

How to spot PTSD and Complex PTSD aftr the emergency


This course is designed to help the average person (lay responder) successfully navigate an emergency. The course covers not just an injury, but the more complex emotional issues of stress, each responder must face. Stress is explained and categorized so it is placed in context for each phase of an emergency to help lay responders, understand and cope with stress. This course walks you through preparation before, during, and after the emergency in detail.  PTSD and complex PTSD are explained to the layperson and lists of symptoms are outlined to help alert the responders of what to look for after an emergency and understand what happens to the body during stress. The body’s autonomic nervous system controls your heart rate, breathing, and vision changes. What is the  “fight-or-flight response”?

The course covers what physical symptoms of stress to look for:

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  • Aches and pains.
  • Chest pain or a feeling like your heart is racing.
  • Exhaustion or trouble sleeping.
  • Headaches, dizziness or shaking.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Muscle tension or jaw clenching.
  • Stomach or digestive problems.
  • Trouble having sex.
  • Weak immune system.

Stress can lead to emotional and mental symptoms like:

  • Anxiety or irritability.
  • Depression.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Sadness.

How these can manifest into long-term health and economic issues for the individual and the organization




Introduction and complexities of an emergency

Time and Emotional Response

The complexity of stress

Before the Emergency

Training before an Emergency

Complexity of an Emergency- During the Emergency

During the Emergency

Complexities of an Emergency- After the Emergency

After the Emergency