"Citizens helping citizens in crisis"
Who We Are...
Trauma Intervention Programs, Inc. is a non-profit, volunteer organization of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide immediate emotional and practical support to victims and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy.
TIP National, along with elected officials, public safety officials, and community leaders, have worked together to make TIP of Western North Carolina a reality in Buncombe County and surrounding areas.
In the hours following a traumatic event, victims and survivors often feel hopeless, confused, and in emotional shock. They are confronted with a dire situation for which they are totally unprepared, and they may feel devastated. Police officers, firefighters, or paramedics on scene are often busy with their own duties and responsibilities and find it difficult to provide meaningful emotional support to family, friends, and survivors. This can be very frustrating to both emergency services personnel and the others involved in the crisis, and there may be no one else available in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to guide them through these difficult hours.
What We Do...
A TIP volunteer is called in by emergency services personnel. The TIP volunteer will respond within minutes and after a quick briefing, will provide immediate and temporary support until the persons involved in the crisis are able to depend on other family members, friends, neighbors, or others. TIP volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to assist police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital personnel with:
- Family members and friends following a natural or unexpected death
- Victims of violent crime including homicide, assault, robbery, or burglary
- Victims of fire or other loss of home
- Disoriented or lonely elderly people
- Persons involved in motor vehicle accidents
- Persons who are distraught and seeking immediate support
- Family members of a person who has completed or attempted suicide
- Natural disasters and public tragedies
- Providing emotional support to victims or survivors
- Helping arrange for food, shelter, clothing, and transportation
- Helping notify other family members and friends
- Serving as a liaison between the victims and emergency services or hospital personnel
- Helping arrange for follow up services
- Providing information about and referrals to appropriate agencies for ongoing assistance
Without the TIP volunteer present, the victims or survivors of a tragedy may be left to fend for themselves at a time when they are emotionally traumatized, and least capable of thinking clearly or rationally.
Our citizen volunteers will provide Emotional First Aid to survivors of tragedy in order to ease their immediate suffering and facilitate their healing and long term recovery.