March 5, 2019
The NASW-Alabama Chapter wishes to take this opportunity to express our sincere care and concern for those impacted in the wake of the deadly tornadoes of March 3, 2019. Our hearts break for the many families that have been devastated by this disaster and the losses they may have sustained. Destruction at the hands of disaster is one of the worst traumas an individual can experience, no matter whether it be the loss of loved ones, friends, or personal property. As a representative of the profession of Social Work, NASW-Alabama Chapter is empathetic to your circumstances, and we formally call upon those within our ranks to consider helping in the relief effort for our neighbors, friends, and / or relatives.
To those across the state that have been certified in Disaster Preparedness MH Training as first responders or volunteers through the American Red Cross, I ask that you please respond to this tragedy by reaching out to your local Red Cross affiliate to determine how you may render assistance to those in need. In this extremely volatile time, it is imperative that we join in solidarity to do whatever is required to bring comfort and peace to those impacted by this crisis. Resources and MH Intervention are needed both now and in the immediate future for those impacted.
No words are sufficient to express condolences in this moment, but actions will serve to speak volumes in the deafening silence after the storm! It is our civic and ethical responsibility to give back, and we ask that each social worker be cognizant and responsive to the needs of those in Lee County.
Dawn A. Ellis-Murray, MSW, MPA, LICSW