Self-Awareness and Preparedness

It's important to understand your own thoughts around critical incidents, attackers, robbers, rapists, suicide bombers, and trauma in order to best prepare for potential incidents, respond to them, and heal as quickly as possible.

Test yourself: Do you think you're safe because you're well-liked by the local community? Do you assume that a suicide bomber looks a certain way? Do you think a rapist can't be your humanitarian colleague? When you think of a victim of sexual assault, do you automatically think the victim is a woman? When you think about trauma, do you assume that you're too strong to become traumatized?

Think again.

Read through this section to reflect on your personal judgments and to think about the steps you might take to be better prepared for potential incidents in your location. But, remember: While you can mentally, emotionally and even physically try to prepare yourself for incidents, you cannot control when, how, or where they will they happen. You are not responsible if they do happen. And, you have the support of the entire global aid worker community behind you should you confront an incident and should you find yourself dealing with trauma. We are not alone. You are not alone.

Think about the assumptions you hold.

Prepare yourself with actions you should take if a critical/traumatic incident occurs.

Understand the post-trauma realities that may arise following critical/traumatic incidents and how you can advocate for yourself in your workplace.