The NAEA … Is Different

NAEA puts its emphasis on individual people and their specific communities, which are intimately involved in the pain of living through a disaster. We apply this emphasis to the first responders as well as to the victims. We are based not on ‘preparedness’ and ‘planning’ but rather on the actual human needs of the people involved.

The following, dealing with how to give with intelligence and purpose is taken from ‘Effective Altruism’ a post from the “GiveWell Blog”.

  • Focusing on how one’s actions are likely to affect the world, rather than on how they affect oneself and one’s feelings.
  • Being open to working on any cause, rather than committing to a cause up-front based on pre-existing personal interests.
  • Thinking of all beliefs as being open to change, and therefore potentially worthy of debate and analysis. Being open to unconventional approaches to doing good.
  • Using one’s investigative resources efficiently.
  • Effective altruism isn’t an alternative to having personal interests and passions; it is a personal interest and passion.

‘Disaster relief’ gets confusing and becomes difficult for many reasons (explained rather well in this article) all of which detract from the seriously human elements of these events.  We at NAEA want to invoke the principles of ‘effective altruism’ by creating a network where those principles can become implemented in the real world.

Using the existing emergency management sites, people can, perhaps, evacuate, find shelter, get medical attention, find sanitation facilities and supplies. But these things, as important as they are, deal only with the ‘stuff’ that people have lost.  Governmental emergency management sites don’t give much help with other areas such as:

  • Support for First Responders who may themselves also live in the area
  • Locating loved ones or finding our lost pets
  • Shelter information provided by private groups or corporations
  • Replacing prescription medications
  • Getting new ID’s
  • Helping out with cash in hand
  • Getting a substitute cell phone
  • Transportation, traffic and road closure

Nor do these sites help with the less understood but necessary issues of:

  • Therapy and trauma counselling for stress, depression, anxiety, grief, or anger
  • The vulnerability of children in these situations
  • Clean up and rebuilding

NAEA will focus on these topics by providing a platform, available via computer, laptop or smart phone, which will bring people, not agencies, together. Our platform will use our own social media which will be built around the policy of togetherness and mutual assistance.

We will encourage individuals to give generously of their time and their money in support of resolving problems such as those above. We will stitch together a fabric of links to other sites that share our goals. We will seek out those who can provide ‘matching funds’.  And we will engage professional ‘forum managers’ to keep our information real and free from graft.

We will, of course, offer news and blogs from people of wisdom and integrity. Our blogs will offer tips of topics such as: how to find people, how to cope with loss of personal property & income, and point to people who can help with clean up and rebuilding. We will promote regional treatment centres, both private and public.