Critical Incident Stress (CIS) is a condition that can affect anyone. A major part in dealing with it properly is to know as much about it as you can. We have included some information on this website so you can learn about it, the affects it can have on yourself, a family member or friend and how to deal with it.

But to start, let’s look at a few key terms and concepts.

1.   Critical Incidents are powerful traumatic events that initiate the crisis response.

2.   Without critical incidents there would be no crisis reactions and no need for crisis intervention.

The “Terrible Ten”

A sample of Critical Incidents include:


Info adapted from the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Critical Incident Stress Survival Suggestions



Remember: If you are not feeling better in a few weeks or the reactions are interfering with your daily tasks of living, seek help from a professional.