In a disaster incident, the affected region will need your help in disaster recovery. Here is what YOU can do:
- The Salvation Army has mobile feeding units and shelters that will be working to serve thousands in the most heavily hit areas. Visit www.salvationarmyusa.org to donate.
– “Feeding America” will have emergency food, water and supplies in the disaster zone ASAP. To donate, visit www.feedingamerica.org or call 800-910-5524.
– “AmeriCares” will be providing medicine and other supplies to people affected. To donate, visit www.americares.org.
– “World Vision” will be distributing clean-up kits, personal hygiene items and emergency food kits to people affected by the disaster. To donate, visit www.worldvision.org.
– “Save the Children” will be working to provide relief to families and their children. Visit www.savethechildren.org to donate.
– “Samaritan’s Purse” will be asking for volunteers to help victims. To volunteer, visit their website.
– For emergency communications, be sure and charge your cell phone every chance you get and remember that you can charge your phone from your car. Just open a window in your car if you are charging your phone in your car with your engine running to avoid Carbon Monoxide dangers. Offer charged USB units to neighbors in need.
– For each city you want to help or check on, go to the home page of the City Hall in that City.
– Encourage FEMA to pre-stock the latest emergency relief, technologies in various parts of the country, so every citizen is “good-to-go”.
- History has taught us that the first thing that goes down, and the first thing that is needed, is communications and power resources. If you have technology resources that can assist, in those areas, get them to regional fire and Red Cross stations in the area. The historically bad Western Drought has changed the Geology in unique ways. Mountain ranges have risen by measurable amounts. The novel circumstances could bring novel disasters. Be prepared. Print and keep this information handy for future disasters.
- U.S. Geological Survey Status Updates: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/dyfi/
- Being prepared for future disasters; make a DISASTER GO-BAG: http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
HOW ANY TOWN CAN SET-UP A RAPID DEPLOYMENT POST-DISASTER INFORMATION CENTER IN 3 HOURS OR LESS.
OUR TEAM DID IT, SO CAN YOURS
As we learned from 9/11, The Gulf Wars, The Loma Prieta Quake and other recents disasters; one of the largest and longest term impacts, from a disaster is PTSD. This can impact an entire community for a long period of time. PTSD often starts out in ways you may not notice but it is crucial to not ignore the potential.
For the San Francisco Earthquake, we essentially, took over the KQED TV studios and reactivated their phone banks on an emergency phone company hook-up.
Today, you can buy 40, or so, $10.00 burner phones from Walgreens and get a similar effect if you don’t already have an auction line to re-task.
Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms Include:
Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms may start within three months of a traumatic event, but sometimes symptoms may not appear until years after the event. These symptoms cause significant problems in social or work situations and in relationships. PTSD symptoms are generally grouped into four types: intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, or changes in emotional reactions. Intrusive memories Symptoms of intrusive memories may include:
•Recurrent, unwanted distressing memories of the traumatic event
•Reliving the traumatic event as if it were happening again (flashbacks)
•Upsetting dreams about the traumatic event
•Severe emotional distress or physical reactions to something that reminds you of the event Avoidance Symptoms of avoidance may include:
•Trying to avoid thinking or talking about the traumatic event
•Avoiding places, activities or people that remind you of the traumatic event Negative changes in thinking and mood
Symptoms of negative changes in thinking and mood may include:
•Negative feelings about yourself or other people
•Inability to experience positive emotions
•Feeling emotionally numb
•Lack of interest in activities you once enjoyed
•Hopelessness about the future
•Memory problems, including not remembering important aspects of the traumatic event
•Difficulty maintaining close relationships Changes in emotional reactions Symptoms of changes in emotional reactions (also called arousal symptoms) may include:
•Irritability, angry outbursts or aggressive behavior
•Always being on guard for danger
•Overwhelming guilt or shame
•Self-destructive behavior, such as drinking too much or driving too fast
•Being easily startled or frightened Intensity of symptoms PTSD symptoms can vary in intensity over time. You may have more PTSD symptoms when you’re stressed in general, or when you run into reminders of what you went through. For example, you may hear a car backfire and relive combat experiences. Or you may see a report on the news about a sexual assault and feel overcome by memories of your own assault. When to see a doctor If you have disturbing thoughts and feelings about a traumatic event for more than a month, if they’re severe, or if you feel you’re having trouble getting your life back under control, talk to your health care professional. Get treatment as soon as possible to help prevent PTSD symptoms from getting worse.
If you have suicidal thoughts If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away through one or more of these resources:
• Reach out to a close friend or loved one.
• Contact a minister, a spiritual leader or someone in your faith community.
• Call a suicide hotline number — in the United States, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) to reach a trained counselor. Use that same number and press 1 to reach the Veterans Crisis Line.
• Make an appointment with your doctor, mental health provider or other health care professional. When to get emergency help If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If you know someone who’s in danger of committing suicide or has made a suicide attempt, make sure someone stays with that person. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Or, if you can do so safely, take the person to the nearest hospital emergency room. [vimeo 125390652 w=425 h=350]
The Rapid Erection Post Disaster Center for the San Francisco Earthquake, Produced by Scott:
A Sample Set of Instructions for the Licensed counselors that volunteered:
A Sample Log sheet template:
Sample Community Outreach flyer text:
Post Production Wrap Up Letter: