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What would think are the key government roles that must be taken to support citizens with experiencing trauma functioning after a disaster?
In your initial post, address the following:
As noted in Chapter 12 of the text, The American Red Cross gave an average gift of $20,926 to 563 families and individuals who were affected by 911 attacks but would not be eligible for the ARC supplemental gift of approximately $55,000.
Was the initial amount too much, not enough, or just right?
Should the families have been provided with the supplemental gift as well or possibly no financial gifts as all? Why or why not?
Response to these 2 classmates and in your response posts:
• Do you agree with their answers? Why or why not?
Student1: Kristin Gamble
According to the textbook, the American Red Cross gave 563 families just about 21,000 dollars affected by 9/11 that WERE NOT eligible to receive the supplemental gifts. The program that paid out this money was designed for people who didn’t qualify for supplemental gifts but were affected by the attacks. For example, fiancés, same-sex partners, and people dependent on or connected to someone lost in the attack were considered in this group. While they weren’t able to get the supplemental gift of 55,000 dollars they were able to get a significant amount of money to help after the attacks. The supplemental gifts were reserved for families of those who died or had experienced major injuries after the attacks.
In my opinion these gifts were priced just right. The American Red Cross is bound by IRS laws restricting the assistance given to families and those affected by disasters. With donations flowing, the Red Cross determined costs related to running a household, such as food and a mortgage for the area in New York City. The calculations provided them with a baseline for where to start with donations to the directly affected families. The families were provided with insurance payouts for life insurance policies that also helped cover these expenses. The money from the Red Cross was strictly supplemental to ease some of the financial burden. The families did not necessarily need these donations, but the donations helped significantly in the aftermath of 9/11.
Student2: Kristin Rochon
After 911, the American Red Cross gave money to the families and individuals who were personally affected by the tragedy. As stated in the textbook, the American Red Cross gave an average of $20,926 to 563 families and individuals who were affected but would not be eligible for the supplemental gift amount of approximately $55,000. I think that the initial amount of money given to these people was sufficient. While you really cant place a monetary value on the life of a loved one, unless you are an insurance agency, this initial amount of money seems to be fair. This amount of money should be enough to cover funeral costs, and hopefully keep the family on their feet. As stated in the textbook, the supplemental gift was given to those who were affected by the disaster but in the view of the legal system would not be entitled to receive the benefits of those who lost their lives. This applied to homosexual couples, individuals who were dependent on someone other than family and etc. I do not necessarily think that the immediate families should be provided with the supplemental gift as well considering they got the initial one. The supplemental one was meant for those stated above, those who would not survive afterwards because they lost the one that was their provider.