The D'Andre D. Lampkin Foundation has partnered with Kiss the Monkeys (KTM), a networking and community service oriented group, to gather monetary donations for residents and first responders affected by the wildfires located in the cities of Thousand Oaks and Malibu.
We continue to be inspired by the stories of ordinary citizens, our first responders, emergency management leaders, and people from all over the state of California volunteering their time and resources to help those in need. We remain steadfast in ensuring our response to the California wildfires is in direct alignment with our vision for communities that are strong, fully engaged, and resilient; where all stakeholders are self-reliant and fully supported by sustainable ingenuity and grassroots efforts.
Recover Is A Process
It is best to think of recovery as a process because there are various levels or steps to recovering from a natural or man made disaster. By definition, the term 'process' refers to a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. A part of the disaster recovery process is to already have a plan in place. The plan serves as the general framework for how communities will recover from an incident. Good plans are strong enough to steer disaster recovery organization members during and after a disaster in a way that ensures the communities survival. Comprehensive disaster recovery plans have an all-hazards approach, meaning, at its core the plan can be applied to most, if not all, foreseeable disasters. But it's always important to remember recovery takes time. It could be months or years before a community can recover completely.
The Human Impact
In terms of human impacts of disasters, the kinds of impacts we can expect when a major disaster occurs are both physical and psychological. There are the obvious impacts like physical damage to the body. People get injured, or worse, die. But there are other factors like stress, which can lead to depression and other health related conditions. Perhaps most concerning is the psychological and emotional impact. According to the National Disaster Recovery Framework, a successful recovery process includes addressing the psychological and emotional needs of the community. The process includes providing counseling, support, screening, and treatment of effected individuals when needed. We should expect people to be in shock, stressed, and in need of support and mental health treatment. Addressing mental health issues during a disaster is a challenge to law enforcement and other first responders. So it is critical to consider providing relief for short term and long term mental health treatment.
You Are Making A Difference
Whether it be wildfires, floods, or hurricanes, the road to recovery is long and there are many ways you can help. Help the thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by the southern California wildfires. Help them rebuild a stronger, more resilient community.