6 Ways to Help After A Terrorist Attack

The world is shocked and saddened by the twin blasts at Zaventem airport Brussels and on the city’s metro. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
The most universal feelings the human race experiences are extreme grief and the urge to help out after a disaster strikes and claims several lives. After such instances, humanity roars and breaks all geographical, earthly barriers we’ve created with help pouring in globally.

We understand how restless such disasters can make you feel. Here are 5 ways you can help in case of a terrorist attack in India.

1.Head out to help: If you’ve got a strong stomach and an even stronger mind, go straight to the affected area. Head over there and lend out a helping hand to the NGO that is supporting the cause. You can engage in absolutely anything that can be helpful. This involves making a list of people who are missing, who lost their lives, who are injured and need help or ensuring help reaches people who need it, resource management, making rounds to hospitals, emergency camps etc. Volunteer after you’ve followed the necessary protocol. In case of a disaster in India, we think iVolunteer and TechnoServe are the ones you could contact the next time you wish to volunteer.

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2.Donate blood: Blood requirements soar during attacks or disasters of any kind. Hospitals need blood to tend to injured patients. If you’re a local, get in the queue to donate blood.
At such times, there’s always a list of required blood types and hospitals making rounds on the internet. Share them so more and more people come forward and donate.

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3.Share: You just cannot ignore the power of sharing on social media. Important information about rescue camps, accommodation details and emergency numbers can be shared on Google excel sheets. Using your social media clout to reach maximum number of people and influence a bigger network of people is the easiest thing to do.

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4.Connect people: Small things you do can also help incredibly. Like, if you live around the affected place, this would be a great time to make your WiFi connection available and keep it password free. This will help people mark themselves safe on Facebook which would mean a lot of mental relief to their own loved ones.

Or you could offer to do a quick recharge and provide talk time and data packs to people for free. And those portable chargers you carry around, this would be a good time to donate them.

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5.Donate MoneyAccording to Charity Navigator, a charity evaluation platform, people tend to send a lot of food and clothes post a disaster.
Unless you’ve got a credible NGO on field, someone like Goonj or Rapid Response who do super work, this isn’t the most recommended way. Instead, it’s always good to donate money to an authentic charity who has taken up the cause so it’s put to better use instead of having unused cartons of clothes and food lying around. 

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6.Raise funds: Disasters always show how strong and kind the crowd can be. Did you know crowdfunding is one of the most effective platforms to provide monetary help during an attack or a calamity?  For instance, Ketto raised over a crore for recent Chennai Floods and Nepal earthquake.Funds were raised by around 95 campaigners just like you who wanted to do their bit to help. Many celebrities pitched in too!

Now that’s a HUGE amount for just a few days. It’s a shame that many people aren’t aware of how useful and effective this method is. Well, we’re sure the numbers speak louder than our words.

If you wish to raise funds in case of disasters caused by terrorist attacks or natural calamities, get on Ketto and get all hands on deck.

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Shraddha Phulgirkar

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