Managing Your Stress: Tips for Deepwater Horizon Response and Volunteer Workers


August 2010
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2010-155

Stress and fatigue are natural reactions when people respond to a disaster. As a Deepwater Horizon responder, you are at risk of feeling uncomfortable levels of stress. This is due to the unexpected and sometimes troubling changes to the natural order of things and the interruption of your normal routines.

This pamphlet describes the range of ordinary reactions to stress that you may experience during your work or in the weeks or months that follow. It is important to monitor your health and well-being during this entire period, even months after your response work has ended.