3. If you have services to offer, people know you’re there to help.
Dave Ores put up a hand-drawn sign to let people affected by Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent power outage in downtown New York know that he was available to help those in need of medical attention.
4. Share what you can, even if it’s just a plug.
When Hurricane Sandy rendered a huge swath of Manhattan powerless for several days, those with functioning backup generators happily shared extension cords and power strips to help those affected keep their phones charged.
6. Send a surprise delivery to show your appreciation.
Shortly after the fatal fertilizer plant in West, Texas, an emergency room doctor from Boston, which had just experienced its own tragedy, sent a huge delivery of pizzas to an area hospital to show their support from one E.R. staff to another.
8. Help them with small tasks they might not have time for, like walking the dogs.
Everyday tasks like grocery shopping, mowing the lawn or even walking the dogs can go undone for days when tragedy strikes. Offering to run small errands can allow your neighbors to focus on the more important tasks at hand.