Best ways to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey – How You Can Help
From Nicolas Rossi and Deborah Carney

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
adding to the What Kind of World do YOU Want Series

Long time readers know that I rarely reblog, since the WordPress truncated “click to read more” reblog format is frustrating for so many of you.

I am making a rare exception in this case (edited via Press This), sharing an article from Nicholas C. Rossis.

It contains quite a few suggestions about ways in which those of you who are inspired to help Harvey’s disaster relief efforts might best do so.

It was generated by information from Deborah Carney of, who speaks from personal experience.

In 2012 she lost everything in Hurricane Sandy.

Nicholas goes on to say that Deborah’s experience “taught her a lot about how organizations and the government don’t help the way you think they will.”

So, Hurricane Harvey prompted her to compile and share a list of organizations that are dedicated to helping people directly affected.

They are “boots on the ground” and not tying up your donations in administrative costs and funding things that don’t really help.

I AM going to send you over to Nicholas’ blog to read more about what Deborah found most needed and most helpful, along with most of her suggestions of places that will do a lot with your contributions, briefly explaining how they work and how they help.

If you are anything like me, you want the majority of any help you are able to provide to go to directly to the people who are struggling – NOT to the agencies with administrative overhead to support, or to anyone attempting to profit personally under the guise of “helping the victims.”

Before you go, I want to share just a few of her suggestions here, as well as a few links to some other articles below, for anyone interested.

Please feel free to reblog – here or there –
spreading the word is something we can ALL afford to do.

Helpful Organizations

In Deborah’s case, the following organizations showed up and dived in, helping with food, donations directly to people, and with hands to help her clean out her house.

They were there before the Red Cross and did more for people than any government agency did — and without “paperwork” or asking for anything in return:

Read the entire article here:
Hurricane Harvey – How You Can Help | Nicholas C. Rossis

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You might also be interested in some of the following articles
available right now – on this site.

For links in context: run your cursor over the article above and the dark grey links will turn dark red;
(subtle, so they don’t pull focus while you read, but you can find them to click when you’re ready for them)
— and check out the links to other Related Content in each of the articles themselves —

COACHING LINKS at the end of all posts

Back in the Saddle – Beginning Anew

Remember – links on this site are dark grey to reduce distraction potential
while you’re reading. They turn red on mouseover.

. . . THREE items in an article about grief and recovery — but probably not
in the way
 you were thinking as you read those words
by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CMC, SCAC, MCC

I. FIRST, let me say that I hope that everyone in New York City (and surrounds) who has been impacted by the recent hurricane is safe and warm. I send a second helping of love and white light to my many friends and colleagues whom I know have been without lights, heat, public transportation, gasoline, hot water and hot meals for far too long now.

I hope that you will all be able to remember to be patient with yourselves and each other as you get “back in the saddle.”

I pray that you will be able to allow yourselves to ease back into the lives and businesses that were disrupted — even though the temptation will be great to “hit the ground running” to make up for lost time.

  • It probably wouldn’t help much to give in to that temptation.
  • It is more than likely that ANY additional hurry-up-and-catch-up pressure will only make things worse (thanks to our friend Mr. Amygdala, and what he does to our PFC at the first sign of a threat to our safety and security).

I especially want those of you with TBI and Attentional Spectrum diagnoses to remember that WE DON’T RUSH WELL.

(One of the understatements of the century!)

Counter-intuitive, perhaps (but brain-based), taking the time you need to think through each action will ultimately garner results far greater than slamming yourselves into action with the fervor of many of those around you.

Do your best to remain centered in the days and weeks to come: to keep your energy contained as you keep your brain in gear and your eyes, ears and senses alert.

Practice Extreme Self-Care

Take good care of yourSelves as you move toward putting Hurricane Sandy in the past where she belongs — moving steadily forward to reclaim the lives you recognize as your own once again:

  • Get enough sleep so that you are ABLE to remain cognitively alert as the stakes increase during the rush to recovery;
  • Don’t veg out at day’s end: move your body!
  • Focus on protein (and avoid junk food);
  • Stay well hydrated — give your brain and body more water than you think you need.

Remember to breathe!

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