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Workplace Disaster Resources

Workplace Disaster Preparedness Panel (WDPP)

The EAPA Workplace Disaster Preparedness Panel (WDPP) is an international group of EAPA members considered to be proficient and experienced in disaster response. It was established (as a task force) after 9/11, to provide guidance and resources to EAPA chapters and members faced with delivering services to their client-organizations that have been impacted by disaster. Since then, the WDPP has been actively involved with Hurricanes Katrina & Sandy, OK tornadoes, Sandy Hook, the Thailand and Japanese Tsunami, Colorado, Pennsylvania and VA Tech school shootings, Colorado floods, and a myriad of other disasters.

As the years have gone by, the taskforce became a panel and has expanded its membership as well as its services to EAPA members by providing: 1) relevant articles via the EAPA website; 2) information about available resources through the EAPA LinkedIn group; 3) free conference calls to EAPA chapters and their members in disaster-affected areas with members of the WDPP to address immediate questions about the provision of EAP services at different stages of the disaster.

Currently, the WDPP membership is:
Dotty Blum, co-chair
Gerry Lewis, co-chair
Jim Nestor
James O’Hair
Robert Inteveld
Jeff Gorter
Harvey Warwick
Kent Lehnen
Eydie Guerrero
Marina London - EAPA staff liaison

The WDPP meets regularly via conference calls as well as annually, in person, at EAPA's World EAP Conferences. Further, many members provide pre-conference workshops as well as breakout group sessions.

We are expanding the membership to include more international EAPA members. Those interested in becoming a member, who feel they have proficient experience in responding to trauma and disaster should contact

Incident Specific Resources

(Note: many resources are useful across incidents)

2013 Oklahoma Tornado Resources

2013 Boston Terrorist Attacks Resources

2013 West Texas Resources

2012 Sandy Hook Shootings Resources

2011 Tornadoes in Southern USA Resources

Japan disaster resources

Gulf Oil Spill Resources

Haiti Earthquake Resources

Swine Flu Outbreak Resources

Financial Crisis of 2008-2009 Resources for EAPs helping businesses or individuals affected by the world wide economic crisis.

The War in Iraq/Afghanistan Critical Incident Resources for EAPs helping soldiers

Hurricane Ike Resources

Avian Flu/Pandemic Resources

Midwest Flood Resources

Virginia Tech Aftermath Resources

9/11 Aftermath Resources


Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Research Articles

Bibliography includes Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Research, Group Debriefing Research (RCT), as well as reviews and commentary. Click here to view.

Generic Critical Incident Resources and Handouts for EAPs

A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide

Identifying Traumatic Reactions in the Workplace

Symptoms of Trauma

Understanding Trauma

Reactions to Expect

Ideas for Managers

Tips for Managers

Organizational Recovery


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