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Natural Disasters (Hometown Lifeline)

HS 104 group project

Tracie Layne

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Natural Disasters (Hometown Lifeline)

Hometown Lifeline Natural Disasters Many people have experienced a loss of their homes and families to many Natural Disasters.
A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of, or effecting, the Earth; examples include floods, severe weather, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and other geologic processes.
A natural disaster can cause loss of life or property damage, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover.
There have been many losses that have affected families and environments.
This group will help families and environments develop a strategy that will help them become more open and helpful to their town. Rationale Type of group This group will help members to be able to identify the stress and anxieties associated with loss of personal items, including their homes, and give them the skills to better cope with it and begin to rebuild their life's. Disaster agencies information will be provided to the group, including phone numbers to contact these agencies.
The following objectives will help members in achieving their goals:

•To assist members with learning coping skills to deal with their losses.
•To help the members to contact the different disaster agencies in their area.
•To help members to find shelter, if necessary, and food and clothing.
•To give members the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation so they can learn from others and help each other.
•To deal with any medical issues that were caused by the disaster and contact information to get help.
•To develop trust and friendship, by sharing their own tragedies, that might carry on after the group has ended. Goals and Objectives The group will be led by Billie Stumbo, Tracie Layne, & James Miller.
We have worked with Hometown Natural Disaster Groups who have been through the loss of family members and homes in their lives.
We have been helping members for 5 years.
Throughout our years of experience we have helped many people transition their lives.
There will be a flyer posted around your local area.
You can find our number on the flyer and other information that you need.
There will always be someone there that you can talk to.
There will be a group goal and objective information sheet that will help you understand the criteria for this group. Basic Information Basic Ground Rules The initial session will be devoted to teaching the participants how to get the most from the group experience, going over the ground rules for the group, and explaining how long and what will be expected of them during the group.
Each session will focus on a different area and what can be done to improve their situation in that area.
Some of the themes that will be explored during a typical session are:
•Expressing your feelings about the tragedy and any strengths you gained from it.
•Sharing personal stories about the tragedy itself and family heroes that emerged during it.
•Discussing how it has changed you personal life.
•The pro and cons of dealing with disaster relief agencies. Topics of Group Exploration Confidentiality is of the utmost importance, what is said here needs to stay here
Members will not be forced to participate but are encouraged to do so. Feedback from you can be helpful to others
Please no conversations on your own, this tends to be distracting and disrespectful
Members will be asked not to judge any other member, we are in this setting to help everyone
Members will be asked to give the group a chance and to please attend at least three meetings.
Everyone will get time to talk and tell their story. A timer will be used so that one person doesn't use up all the time.
Conformations and rudness will not be tolerated. This group will be set up as a Informational and support group for clients of any age, who have found themselves victimized by, and survived a natural disaster.
The group will be comprised of no more than 10 individuals. The group will meet for one hour each week, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, for 12 weeks.
The group will be a closed group where no one will be admitted after the group has started. During group meetings, members will be able to discuss and identify their own personal tragedies with other people just like themselves and learn information that can help them to restart their lives, and begin to repair and replace losses.
The only prerequisite for joining is that you have survived a natural disaster. Regular attendance will be required. •What help is available to the members and contact information.
•Discussing any changes you might make to be better prepared in the event of another disaster.
•What, if anything, you have learned about yourself and family during the disaster.
•Discussing any problems you might be having and how to resolve the issues.
•Deciding what memories and personal items that should be kept.
•The group to have time to talk and reflect on their futures.
•To discuss any loss of life, of friend or family.
•Addressing the grieving process and how to cope with the loss.
•Names and contact information of agencies and organizations that provide help after a natural disaster, Such as F E M A or the American Red Cross. Cont. Informed Consent The group that you have chosen to participate in was organized to help individuals and families that have been affected by a natural disaster. It is not intended to analyze you in any way, but rather offer you assistance in coping with the lose you and/or your family has experienced due to the disaster. Your level of participation in the group is totally up to you, but the more you are involved the more it will help you cope. It will be mandatory that all members keep confidentiality of other members. The only way this will be broken is if you suggest harm to yourself or others. In the event that this would happen the authorities must be notified. H.N.D.L. must require this in order to maintain a safe environment for everyone.

By signing this document, I agree that I have read the above information and agree to follow the guidelines. I understand that this group is in place to help me cope with the stress associated with a disaster.

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Member’s signature Date

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Leader/Co Leader signature Date Consent Form Group Evaluation form Circle the number that represents your answer the best 1.Strongly agree 2. Agree 3. Undecided 4. Disagree 5. Strongly Disagree 1.Do you feel like this group was beneficial to you?

2.Would you recommend this group to others?

3.Do you feel this group is fair and consistent with its goals and / or objectives?

4.Would you attend this group in the future if the need arises?

5.Did this group allow you to open up and say what you really feel?

6.Is this group worth your time?

7. Do you feel that you were able to participate enough during the group meetings?

8.Would you attend this group if it were to meet several times a week?

9.Did it seem like the group leaders were knowledgeable about the information they were giving you?

10.Do you feel that you or your family was able to overcome your situation because you attended this group?

Budget The following outlines how the grant will be used:
Professional Fees: ($125.00)
This would be fees for guest speakers and others that may contribute to the group
Supplies: ($75.00)
This would include pens and paper and basic office supplies
Telephone: ($75.00)
Phone service so that members can call for information and also group leader business use
Rental & Maintenance of Equipment: ($100.00)
This would include computers and copiers
Printing & Publications: ($25.00)
This would include pamphlets and flyers and any printed item that is given to the group members.
Travel: ($100.00)
This would include any travel that would be required for the group to pick up materials and supplies.
Grant Hometown Natural Disaster Lifeline is located in the small City of Martin with a population of 694. The City of Martin is located in rural Floyd County, with only a population of 42,441. There are limited employment opportunities both professional and entry level. The demographic makeup is a reflection of the data and a statement about opportunity in Floyd County. According to a recent demographic profile by the United States Census Bureau, out of 120 Kentucky counties, Floyd County has the 10th highest percentage of poverty among Kentucky families. According to the data from the profile, 26.9 percent of Floyd County families live in poverty. This data places 3,300 families in poverty according to the demographics.
Even though H.N.D.L. is a small organization, it has the resources necessary to successfully implement all grant programs in a timely, efficient manner. Over the last five (5) years, leadership at Hometown Lifeline has evolved into the real world of public programs and community development. Agency leadership as well as community leadership has undergone training in the management and implementation of programs, and have successfully sought and secured the necessary technical expertise needed to manage, coordinate and implement community programs. The resources have included donations of time by volunteers and other professionals.
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