Voluntary citizen support activities in the response phase of a disaster


The response given by Maltese citizens most often was that they would offer voluntary help to the Civil Protection Department, NGO's and/or neighbours in need: “Help and ask". Here, the participants' general attitude was that in such a situation everyone could help by using their personal and/or professional skills, and not only those who are trained in medical aid: “I think everyone could use their skill set”, “a person who is like a builder”, “perhaps an electrician”, “if someone is able to drive they can pick up a group of people and take them to hospital”, or “even simply leadership – in all that chaos you could be the person who does not panic and use that skill to help your family and those around you. That skill helps”.

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