The immediate response can be overwhelming and outsiders can be more of a burden than help unless invited to come in as a special expert. Part of coping with the event is for the community to come together.
It has been my experience that when events are planned by outsiders you end up with the out of towners presenting to and supporting one another. Families and friends tend to turn to one another for support, especially in the early days.
Here’s what you can do:
- Send financial support to sites recommend by local disaster relief agencies.
- Don’t send clothes, toys, or other articles, especially used items. Volunteers have to spend hours sorting it out.
- Educate yourself so you can help others in your own neighborhood.
- Volunteer locally.
- Don’t spread rumors
- Reassure your children that it is a safe world.
- Take a news break.
Also, you can visit our Open to Hope website. Here, you can access online support at your convenience on a 24/7 basis. The support includes a wealth of information, including articles and videos, designed to provide you with coping strategies, positive messages, proactive advice, and hope.