Emergencies and disasters can harm the health of people and communities in many ways.
Often, the direct physical effects are readily seen, while the impacts on people’s mental health
and wellbeing may be less obvious and are sometimes hidden. Minimising the suffering of
individual people, families and communities, and averting the risk of emotional and psychological
injury are important parts of the response to any emergency.
This guidance makes recommendations that are relevant to all Category 1 responders and other
organisations. It will be of particular interest to those involved in the wider Care for People
• Local authorities
• Health Boards, and
• Third sector organisations