Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane
Unhelpful Comments That Don’t Help After a Hurricane
After a hurricane, people often come together to help those affected by the disaster. However, not all comments are helpful and can sometimes do more harm than good. Here are some unhelpful comments and how to avoid them:
One unhelpful comment often heard after a hurricane is “It’s not that bad, at least you’re alive.” While the sentiment behind this comment may be well-intentioned, it can come across as dismissive of the real and significant challenges that people affected by the hurricane may be facing. It’s important to acknowledge the severity of the situation and offer support in a meaningful way.
Another unhelpful comment is “You should have been more prepared.” This comment places blame on the victims of the hurricane and fails to recognize that disasters can be unpredictable and devastating, regardless of preparation. Instead of assigning blame, it’s better to offer assistance and resources to help those affected recover.
After a hurricane, it’s important to offer empathy and support to those affected. Unhelpful comments can make a difficult situation even harder. By being mindful of what we say and offering genuine support, we can make a positive impact in the aftermath of a hurricane.