It's upsetting to see the aftermath of a natural disaster. All too often, we see news about tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, and other forces of nature killing people, destroying homes, and devastating entire towns.
If you want to reach out and help, here are several ways to do so:
But what if you can't afford to make a donation? Helping doesn't have to mean spending money. Here are some other things you can do:
It's also important to deal with your own feelings when you see people hurt by tragedy. Talking to parents, teachers, and friends about what you see and how you feel can help you deal with the aftermath of disasters like storms and earthquakes.
If you go to school with kids from places that have been affected by disasters, reach out to them and offer support. They may have family members there.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: May 2013
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|American Red Cross The American Red Cross helps prepare communities for emergencies and works to keep people safe every day. The website has information on first aid, safety, and more.|
|UNICEF UNICEF is a leading advocate for children's rights.|
|Emergency Preparedness and Response This link contains information from the CDC on preparing for and handling a natural disaster or severe weather emergency. Events covered include tornadoes, earthquakes, landslides, wildfires, as well as severe heat and cold.|
|Save the Children This non-profit organization works to create positive, lasting change for disadvantaged children in the United States and 41 other nations.|
|Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) FEMA helps teach people how to get through a disaster.|
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