Reposted from Kitchen Table Kibitzing by mettle fatigue
Input for improvement welcome: comment or kosmail to diary writer. Revision is in process.
JOB 1: Someone with permission of the kosak in trouble has written a diary stating who's the kosak in trouble, what help is needed, and what means are in place so help is receivable. Often you'll see the diary published by Community Fundraisers or a group the kosak in trouble is a member of (group publishing reaches friends immediately & makes updates possible by other group editors/admins in case the original diarist can't, says belinda ridgewood who magnificently writes a lot of them; also that anyone writing such diaries can kosmail to a Comm'ty Fndrsrs admin, ask to be made a contributor there, explain what your diary will be and when it needs to post; and group members there will help you if they can, if you keep communications open.)
FROM HERE ONWARD, IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW WE READERS RESPOND: Like this:
JOB 2: Go to the profile page of the kosak in trouble, find all groups in which the kosak is a member, and:
2A: Readers who are editors/admins there republish the diary to those groups.
2B: Contributors see if that's been done and if not queue it and kosmail repub requests "to help a member of the group" to 1 or 2 eds/admins at each whose profile page shows them currently active in DK.
Don't bother with Message-to-Group: it won't put a New Message alert in any
WELCOME BACK box & can go unseen forever. Don't worry if others are doing
the same as you: together the bases get covered better than any 1 or 3 alone.
2C: Non-members check is it repub'ed at those groups? If not, kosmail the diary link to 1 or 2 active eds/admins at each, requesting repub to help group-member. Don't worry etc.
JOB 3: If the diary says where the kosak is, find groups in a 200-or-so mile radius in Where The Kogs Are — folks there may have friends/relatives nearer who might be able to help.
3A: See 2A ◄► 3B: See 2B ◄► 3C: See 2C
JOB 4: Check the DK Health-Med & Related Groups & Series to find groups focused on health or socioeconomic needs cited in the diary — members there may be knowledgeable about resources & coping.
4A: See 2A ◄► 4B: See 2B ◄► 4C: See 2C
JOB 5: Send the diary link to individual kosaks you know with expertise in that kind of emergency, or who are near it but not in a group where they'd read of it.
JOB 6: Come back and recommend and tip the diary, and comment on:
6A: what groups you repub'ed or queued or kosmailed the diary to with reasons why, so readers who don't know The JOB will learn it from you.
6B: resources you have reason to know may be available where the kosak in trouble is, and how to reach those resources.
6c: offer whatever donations and words of fellowship as always.
Why not "6c" first? Because time is of the essence to spread word far & wide in DK which mobilizes fully effective help fast and gets the diary heavily rec'd and tipped so word goes even further. But emotion can pull us so deep into events that we get sidetracked from what's personally immediately powerful to do, while every delay multiplies geometrically all along the line, and things get scarier and worse than maybe have to. Since forever, telephone-trees, amazingly global 'ham' radio (my heroes!), bicyclers town to town, foot-runners, drums — come fire, flood, famine, avalanche, bush-war — people send out the call. And stay connected to check on each other in case of emergency, like Itzel Alert Network (in the first of the 2 lists in DK Health-Med&Etc Grps). Like all of DK can. So, spread the word - that's why.
Later, Job 7: kosaks wanting to stay help-ready can republish this to your groups (the section above the green line will shrink as revision addresses omissions), and periodically Move To Top so even in disorienting emergencies Dk grps have checklists to help us come through for each other.
New folks join DK constantly. Let's give them opportunities like this to matter, by their actions, right from the get-go.
What other virtual first-responder actions and groups should we remember and/or include, and where in the sequence? Are there diaries good to link here and repub and Move To Top at our groups? What ways of spreading word and mobilizing help do you recall from when you were a kid, or how your parents or g'parents did it? Or thru'out history!
BTW, reading the please-help diaries, I kept thinking: "when [troubles] come, they come not single spies, but in battalions" ...from Hamlet, Act IV, Sc 5. This week we also had diaries on how Shakespeare continues to speak to our lives. 10-Q 4 the inspiration of all the diaries.