When tragedy strikes, a quick response is critical. And thatincludes organizations with employees impacted by the situation.Experiences with recent and ongoing examples, such as HurricanesHarvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires in the western U.S., and a numberof other natural disasters, demonstrate the need to act fast, whichrequires having a plan in place before something happens. While itis impossible to be fully prepared when something like thishappens, organizations can turn to their employee assistance program (EAP) for supporthelping employees recover and create a path forward.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),there were 102 disaster declarations in 2016, ranging from severestorms and flooding to fires and tornadoes. It should come as nosurprise to learn that we are on track to exceed that number in2017. Each of these natural disasters carries a hefty price tag forfederal and local governments, businesses and individuals. Forexample, damages from Hurricane Irma alone are estimated to costbetween $20 and $40 billion.

There is only so much organizations can do to prevent thefinancial cost in the face of one of these catastrophes, butpartnering with an EAP in the aftermath can help address theemotional toll on employees.

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