What items are most urgently needed after the storm

Dr. Jennifer Ashton breaks down what items are needed at shelters on the ground in southeast Texas and discusses how people can help beyond giving money donations.
1:49 | 08/31/17

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Over here with Dr. Jen Ashton. She is just back from Houston and, Jen, you really got a sense of what these families are dealing with. You could literally see it in their eyes. It's not just the physical pain and the physical devastation, it's the psychological trauma and shock and something we don't really pay enough attention to. Easy to see when someone is physically injured. Not easy to see when they're emotionally suffering so we know from previous natural disasters that PTSD which can start when the shock wears off is going to be as important as the broken limbs and the infection. People need to know we're paying attention encouraging them. You know what, there are teams of mental health individuals, one landed from Israel coming from all over the world to give people the psychological support they need. How else can people help? We're raising money here. Kevin on the front lines all morning. There's another one. It's great. How else can people help? Think of it in terms of hard assets and soft add sets. Hard, the basic, shelter, food, medication, clothing, soft assets, time, support, money, jobs, those things are really important and specifically what can people do? I can't emphasize enough, blood, blood, blood. Not just today but in the future coming weeks and months anywhere in the country that you give blood, you will save a life and then I think other things for Texas, support the Houston food bank, very, very important. Giving to the Texas diaper bank. I saw truckloads of diapers coming through the convention center. And then volunteering your expertise. People don't always have to give money. You can give your time. That's just as valuable. Such a big difference. One thing we're learning throughout all of these devastating catastrophes when people give they really get something out of it. It's therapeutic for all of us. We'll need that when hammers go away long in the future. Thanks very much.

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