You never know when trouble strikes. No country is immune to natural disasters. As we have seen in recent news events, even first world countries can be vulnerable to disasters such as major flooding, fire, and earthquake. When we see these things happen on the news, our hearts go out to the victims. What can we personally do to help? Here are some ways we can give support to the victims of natural disasters.
The first things people feel after a disaster is shock. They can be bewildered by the crazy turn of events that have happened. If they have been injured or have lost loved ones, they can be even more depressed, sad, and angry. This is the time when they need our moral support. Many who are unable to personally go to disaster sites to provide comfort and practical assistance have sent letters, mail, email, or video messages to people to show their moral support. If we are able to go to the disaster site to help, it is best to first listen to the victims. It helps for them to talk about their feelings if they want to. When able, we could share positive thoughts with them and encourage them to continue to eat and sleep as regularly as they can under the circumstances.
Being able to volunteer our time and energy is an excellent way to provide help for the victims. Join a recognized relief group so that everyone’s efforts can be coordinated to provide maximum relief to the victims. Amidst the chaos, it’s best to be as organized as possible so that help can be given in a timely manner.
Do practical things for the victims. If you’ve been assigned to help with disaster relief, you can use your skills to help. For example, if you do timber floor sanding and polishing, you can contribute your skills to help victims get their flooring fixed if it’s salvageable after being damaged. That is of course, if they still have their house mostly intact.
Another way to help if we can’t travel to countries affected by disaster is to donate to reputable foundations that provide aid to disaster relief areas. Choose the charity you donate to well. You want to be sure it has a good record of conduct and financial use. You don’t want your money used to line pockets of people not affected by the disaster. You want your hard earned money given generously to really help the victims.