Steps to take after an emergency has taken place.
- Re-evaluate your emergency and security plans
- Apply for emergency funds for journalists and human rights defenders
- Address traumatic stress after an emergency
Isaac and Brenda had their office raided. They are in need of emergency funding to get their website running and new devices, and don't know who to ask.
Brenda suggests they re-evaluate their emergency and security procedures. If they don't, she fears they might have the same problems again.
Now is a good time to go back to your emergency and security plans to see what worked and what did not.
When necessary, this is a good time to try to improve your organisational procedures (e.g. procedures when on a mission or when organising a training).
Think about the best way to either respond or not to potential emergencies in all stages of an event or activity (e.g. in terms of preparation, implementation, and after an activity has ended).
Improve the way you protect your files and sensitive information
Some organisations offer funding to individuals or groups who have encountered an emergency as a result of their journalism or human rights work.
Funding can improve organisational security practices
Journalists and human rights defenders do difficult and challenging work, and see a good deal of human misery. We may even be fearful for our lives at times.
It is therefore important to know how to react following a traumatic event, and how to recognise the symptoms of traumatic stress.
Traumatic stress is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation. It's very possible that after an emergency, you or your colleagues may be suffering from traumatic stress.
To learn about what traumatic stress is, how it affects you, and how to deal with it, refer to the Your Well-Being unit presented elsewhere in this tool.
Stress after trauma is a normal reaction to an abnormal situation.
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- (en/topics/understand-2-security/2-your-well-being/3-3-learn.md): Dealing with a traumatic event
- (en/topics/understand-2-security/2-your-well-being/3-6-learn.md): Post-traumatic stress
- (en/topics/practice-2-planning/4-emergency-plan/1-1-intro.md): Making an emergency plan