Brussels attacks Survivors Assistance Network advice
March 22, 2016 | Nick Taylor
Brussels attacks advice from the Survivors Assistance Network
On Tuesday 22 March 2016, a number of terrorist incidents took place in Brussels, Belgium resulting in widespread casualties.
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace manages the British Survivors Assistance Network (SAN). SAN provides practical and emotional support in the immediate aftermath of a terror attack and in the longer term for survivors, witnesses and bereaved families.
The network offers a series of structured interventions that aims to share information and experience, and encourages self-help and thus reduces the severity of treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress and improves recovery time, enabling people to find a way to cope and recover.
Advice – those affected by this and other incidents:
Please feel free to contact SAN by e-mail SAN@foundation4peace.org or by phone on 01925 581 240
What we offer:
Telephone and email support
Access to our current SAN programme of support for victims of terror which includes an initial assessment of needs via a face to face appointment at the Peace Centre or a home visit
Ongoing email and telephone support (which focuses predominantly on giving you information, listening to your situation and the identification of any immediate needs)
Actively promoting links to other support services and encouraging engagement with these organisations
Liaison with GPs and statutory and non-statutory services locally and nationally to ensure that the needs of the survivor/family member are met
General advice (in conjunction with that issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office):
At times like this, there will be a lot of activity on the internet, social media and in the traditional media such as newspapers, radio and television. We advise everybody to take caution in what they watch and read and to be very discerning in what content you share with other people.
You should be vigilant in public places and follow the advice of the local authorities.
In terms of Belgium, there have been explosions at Zaventum International Airport in Brussels. If you are affected by the incident follow the instructions of Belgian security authorities. Please contact your airline for information about flight arrivals and departures to and from Brussels.
There was a second explosion on the Metro in central Brussels.
The Belgian Crisis Centre has given the Belgian telephone number 0032 2753 7300 for concerned family/friends or 1171 for general enquiries.
The Belgian government has placed the whole of Belgium at a very high threat level and this is an ongoing security situation– a possible and real threat. You should remain alert and vigilant, especially in places where there’s a high concentration of people. Follow the advice of local authorities and respect security controls. You can find more information on the Belgian Crisis Centre website and Twitter feed.
There have been a number of police raids and arrests in the Brussels region and other Belgian cities in recent weeks. Belgian security operations are likely to be carried out at short notice. If you’re in an affected area you should follow the instructions of the Belgian security authorities. Police have asked the public not to comment on police operations on social media. Police operations are likely to continue in Forest and Brussels; you should follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Public events and busy public areas across Belgium are likely to see additional security. Some public events may be cancelled and some tourist attractions closed. Contact event organisers for information on whether specific events are going ahead.
Public appeal – Support Brussels
Many people are wanting to show their solidarity with the people affected by the events in Brussels and Belgium. Some are sending messages, others want to donate. We are hosting the public appeal with the support of the US-based organisation YouCaring.com.
At least 31 people died in the three bomb attacks at Brussels airport and Maelbeek metro station. Some 300 are thought to have been wounded, including 61 in critical condition. The dead and injured came from a wide variety of countries including, Belgium, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Britain, Hungary, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the US. There are also thousands of witnesses.
It is only days and hours since this event has happened and Brussels remains at a high state of alert and the initial ned for victims and survivors is similar to a humanitarian disaster. This matter is still ‘raw’ and they will be facing significant trauma (mental and physical) and trying to process their circumstances. At first, there will be a huge amount of energy, focus and activity on everything from a security response to vigils, to expressions of solidarity etc.
As we move to the medium to long term this all disappears and the next stage along a ‘timeline of needs’ is that the people affected are not forgotten or left behind. This appeal is about preparing for that medium to long terms support. This is an international event as demonstrated by the listing of countries included in the list above.
The Survivors Assistance Network is a structured process to take referrals when other NGO and statutory support pulls back and allows the victims and survivors to develop their own plan of assistance and to offer a series of structured interventions that aims to share information and experience, and encourages self-help and thus reduces the severity of treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress and improves recovery time, enabling people to find a way to cope and recover.
The Survivors Assistance Network (SAN) is based in the UK but will offer assistance across the EU. The British element of SAN is funded by the Government – the rest of the charity’s work is funded by charitable donations.
What will happen with donations?
Our intention is to define the donations as restricted for work related to this incident and donors can be reassured that all monies will be deployed for that purpose. Donations will be collected into an account that will be fully transparent in how it is retained and deployed and reported publicly to those donors who want to be kept in touch with the work.
At present, it is early after the event and the emphasis is on humanitarian assistance. This appeal is for the work that will follow in the weeks, months and years ahead and will not be deployed onto emergency response.
The appeal will be managed by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace to provide practical and emotional support in the medium-term aftermath of the Brussels terror attack and in the longer term for survivors, witnesses and bereaved families.
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace is a charitable company incorporated in England and Wales number 03042409. We are a charity registered in England and Wales number 1048990. Our registered address is Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Great Sankey, Warrington, Cheshire, WA5 1HQ, United Kingdom.
Donors should note that all charities registered in the UK publish their accounts and fiduciary details on a Government website – search the Charity Commission. Anyone who wishes to carry out due diligence can do so via that website or via Companies House in London.
The charity works across Europe, including in Belgium. We Chair the European Commission’s Radicalisation Awareness Network in relation to work with families, communities and young people.
The Survivors Assistance Network is a service provided by the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace supported through a grant from the Ministry of Justice.