Crisis and other emergency situations that holds the community at the bay is upsetting for everyone. Whether you own a business or not, community is what helps you to have this sense of belonging-ness that helps you get past differences.
To every business’s success, there is a part played by the surrounding community. Anything that happens within the context of your business might affect the community. However, the might I just used in the last sentence is a definite “must” when we talk about the affect of crisis happening in the community, on your business.
The emotional toll disasters and critical situations within the context of community can sometimes bring even more disturbing than the financial strains of damage and loss of home, business or personal property.
Kids, senior citizens, individuals with access or practical needs and individuals for whom English is not their first dialect are particularly at danger. Kids may get to be perplexed and some elderly individuals may appear to be confused at first. Individuals with access or utilitarian needs may require extra help. In such an event what if you fail to help them? Business is built upon pillars to which components of community are a part. Not being safe around your business arena also shatters the trust people have invested in you and your business organization. In such course of events, it is partly your responsibility as well to help the devastated ones in order to provide them with safety and protection against the circumstances.
How Community Can Be Helped and Accounted In Business’s Emergency Plans
A business’ surrounding community is their sphere of influence and critically important not only to success but to their restoration. Do you have a plan to help the community in an emergency? Shared resources? Shared supply lines? Shared information? Shared communication channels?
When a disaster or critical situation occurs, it takes its toll on everyone. Having the community and other potential members of the community suffering through the scenario, it becomes your responsibility to help them along. Imagine a tornado or a natural disaster about to strike your surrounding community and your about to evict the lock down strategy as the only option and plan. Would you not account for the community members left helpless outside you’re the building of your organization? Would you not provide outsiders seeking a refuge in your organization with emergency supplies? Well, if you plan to help, you need to make room for extra emergency supplies and account for the community when devising crisis communication plan and emergency response plans. The community you help getting through the disaster can use your action plans to be facilitated much the safe way you and your employees does.
During Extravagant Critical Events
Disasters and emergency events strike everyone with a blow. Having that said, the affects does not limit to physical or situational harm only. Rather, the community and those who are getting affected are blown psychologically as well. Understanding the effects of disaster on individual beings is what will take to help them recover.
Understand the individual effects of a disaster.
- Everyone who sees or experiences a disaster is affected by it in some way.
- It is normal to feel anxious about your own safety and that of your family and close friends.
- Profound sadness, grief and anger are normal reactions to an abnormal event as one might panic and notch about what to do.
- Acknowledging your and others feelings helps in recovering.
- Accepting help from community programs and resources is healthy.
- Everyone has different needs and different ways of coping.
Children and older adults are of special concern in the aftermath of disasters. Even individuals who experience a disaster “second hand” through exposure to extensive media coverage can be affected.
Contact local faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, or professional counselors for counseling. Additionally, FEMA and state and local governments of the affected area may provide crisis counseling assistance.
Disaster Related Stress as an Aftermath of a Crisis in a Community
Talk to someone and seek professional help for disaster-related stress and help out those suffering from such a malevolent.
The following are ways to ease disaster-related stress:
- Talk with someone about their feelings – anger, sorrow and other emotions – even though it may be difficult.
- Seek help from professional counselors who deal with post-disaster stress.
- Take steps to promote physical and emotional healing of others by creating activities for healthy eating, exercise, relaxation and meditation.
- Spend time with those who are affected.
- Participate in memorials.
- Use existing support groups of family, friends and institutions.
Recognize Risk Factors in the Community
For many, reactions to disasters are brief and represent normal reactions to “abnormal events.” A smaller number can be at risk for more enduring psychological distress as a function of three major risk factors:
- Direct exposure to the disaster, such as being evacuated, observing injuries or death of others, or experiencing injury along with fearing one’s life is in danger.
- Loss/grief: This relates to the death or serious injury of family or friends.
- On-going stress from the secondary effects of disaster, such as temporarily living elsewhere, loss of friends and social networks, loss of personal property, parental unemployment, and costs incurred during recovery to return the family to pre-disaster life and living conditions.
In most cases, depending on the risk factors above, distressing responses are temporary. In the absence of severe threat to life, injury, loss of loved ones, or secondary problems such as loss of home, moves, etc., symptoms usually diminish over time. For those that were directly exposed to the disaster, reminders of the disaster such as high winds, smoke, cloudy skies, sirens, or other reminders of the disaster may cause upsetting feelings to return. Having a prior history of some type of traumatic event or severe stress may contribute to these feelings.
You can help your community in from getting handicapped altogether from the disaster by accounting for the community in your response plans. Furthermore, those who do get affected and victimized can seek your help to get back on their foot and normal routine.
However, what is imperative to say is that the victimized would not ask for help once he has suffered, you are the one who would need to brainstorm in order to make the community little less mourning over the crisis or emergency situation that struck many!
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