Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health

Disaster Preparedness Program

This program is tailored for employers, municipalities, organizations, and unions who deploy employees to disaster sites for recovery assistance. We also train individuals who are pursuing a career with disaster relief responsibilities. The program’s objectives include preparing personnel for the challenges they may face onsite, offering quick and effective clinical services prior to deployment, and providing support to those returning from disaster zones.

Our program trains workers deployed to disaster sites including:

  • First responders, such as police officers, paramedics, firefighters, emergency technicians, etc.
  • Health care providers, including physicians, registered nurses, dentists, paramedics, social workers, etc.
  • Disaster relief personnel, for example, workers from non-profit or government-funded organizations such as the American Red Cross or FEMA

Individuals are prepared to respond to disasters that include, but are not limited to:

  • Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • Wildfires
  • Residential or Commercial Fires
  • Earthquakes
  • Tornados

Education and Training

Our team will provide complimentary training tailored to prepare individuals for their roles in disaster assistance, covering key aspects to consider when deployed, essential packing guidelines for deployment, and stress reduction techniques to enhance readiness and resilience onsite.

Clinical Support

Pre-deployment: Prior to deployment, individuals will:

  • Fill out questionnaires regarding their physical and mental health, work, and social history
  • Receive a physical exam
  • Receive necessary vaccinations and other recommendations

Deployment imminent: Our Occupational Medicine physicians will screen individuals to determine if the individual is ready for deployment.

Post-deployment: After returning home, individuals will:

  • Complete questionnaires regarding their deployment experience
  • Receive recommended health assessments