The High Park Fire in the Ft. Collins, CO region has resulted in a wave of increasing evacuations. The number continues to rise to more than 325 families. The Federal Government is now sending additional aid to help relieve the 0% contained fire. On the list of top needs? Prayer, and methods of finding lost loved ones.
Individuals that suffer from stress and anxiety resulting from domestic abuse or other trauma can suffer from additional burdens not knowing whether loved ones have escaped a disaster situation. Many residents in Denver, CO are posting to websites wondering whether their loved ones are safe. Some residents are calling for hours not receiving responses from loved ones, wondering what to make of the situation.
For out-of-town residents, the situation may be even more frightening.
Fortunately, there are resources readily available! The Red Cross is a lifeline. They have many resources for friends and family trying to establish connections with loved ones that are going through emergencies. The Red Cross provides disaster relief services and shelters for individuals that have to be evacuated in emergencies like the High Park Fire and floods that are currently dominating the Florida coastline.
If you are missing a loved one, search for them in Safe and Well, a resource established by the Red Cross. Here family members that are safe can register their names so family members can find them following an evacuation.
This will give you the peace of mind you need to take care of yourself in other ways, especially if you are trying to recover from domestic abuse or other family crises.
Another way to increase peace of mind during tough times is to pray. Prayer is an excellent way to relieve stress and to reach out to God, a source of refuge and strength. Prayer can overcome insurmountable obstacles, whether facing a disaster, abuse situation, or any other life crisis. Remember, God is ever present, and through Christ, the Father can overcome anything.
Here is an excellent, simple way to pray:
God, be my rock, my place of safety, my refuge. I accept you in my heart as my safety.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer. My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge.” Psalm 18:2
The Red Cross currently needs financial donations to help assist with the High Park Fire and other disasters happening throughout the country. They need financial help more than anything else right now.
In the near future they will be contacting volunteers and would-be volunteers for additional assistance. Volunteering is a great way to take your mind off of the stress and anxiety that sometimes accompanies past abuses. If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, considering volunteering for an organization like the Red Cross. Why not contact them today and find out how you can help?
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