12.3 Rest and relaxation (R&R)

A rest and relaxation (R&R) policy provides for mandatory time away from the emergency environment for national and international staff during the period of their assignment to the emergency location. All emergency staff must receive adequate rest to manage the demands of an intense emergency response operation. The CO must formulate an R&R policy appropriate to the country location and emergency environment within three weeks of operation. See Annex 21.38 CARE Sri Lanka amended time off in lieu policy, for an example of a Country Office leave policy amended during an emergency operation.