Connecting Nevadans and providers to essential health and human services information and resources
Imagine a recent noteworthy tragic scene such as a fatal car accident, a homicide, or a drowning accident. Then, picture how many emergency responders need to be involved at that location in the immediate aftermath.
The fire department, medics, law enforcement, and perhaps the coroner’s office, CSI or detectives. All these professionals serve a specific purpose whether it’s to solve a crime, put out a fire, attempt to save a life or restore safety.
While the emergency responders are hard at work, there are other individuals on these scenes as well: the victims, their family members, witnesses, and bystanders. Imagine the panic, fear, shock and sadness these people may feel. Who is there to support these folks?
The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) of Southern Nevada, Inc. is there. TIP volunteers respond to these tragic scenes (as well as to hospitals) at the request of emergency response personnel to emotionally and practically support those who are going through their worst moments.
Last year, TIP volunteers in Clark County responded to just under 2,000 scenes of tragedy, which averages out to be between 5-6 times a day. They assisted just under 5,000 people in crisis. Although it’s shocking to know so many people encounter tragedy in Southern Nevada, it’s comforting to know that TIP is supporting these individuals in need.
TIP volunteers may find themselves sitting beside an elderly woman who just became a widow, or the driver of a vehicle who hit and killed a pedestrian, or a child who happened to be at a convenience store with their parent during a robbery; to name a few scenarios.
Currently, TIP has 70 volunteers who have all completed an intensive training program that includes 35 hours of initial nationally certified training, a thorough application and screening process, three months of field training and monthly continuing education.
Each volunteer commits to a minimum of 36 hours of volunteer work per month. They sure are amazing people! Big news…. 2024 is a special year as it is TIP’s 30th anniversary in Southern Nevada.
Check out TIP’s website at www.tipoflasvegas.org for details on how to join TIP for their upcoming 30th birthday party and also for information about how to volunteer and/ or how to support the organization.
For more information, contact TIP’s office at 702-226-0426 or view the website at www.tipoflasvegas.org.
About Nevada 2-1-1
The mission of Nevada 2-1-1 is to connect individuals, families, and providers throughout the state of Nevada to essential health and human services information and resources.
We serve more than 2.8 million residents, directing callers and visitors to crucial, potentially life-saving services, including rental and utility assistance programs, food pantries, and emergency shelters. We also work closely with organizations that serve special targeted populations, including veterans, seniors, infants and children, and youth and young adults.
To learn more about the many programs and services available to Nevada residents, please visit Nevada211.org. You can also dial 2-1-1 from any phone or text us at TXT211 or 898211. We are here to serve you.