I have to write a 500 word essay on how to be a responsible leader in a bad situation please help ?
Concentrate on being a part of the solution to the problem and not part of the problem.
Delegate authority to others so they can delegate.
Organize teams to do specific tasks. Pick the team leaders and let them choose their own teams. Look for specialists, people who know something about the tasks assigned to each team.
Provide crowd control. Let the crowd control people chase away all of those who panic, those who are just standing around doing nothing, and any gawkers.
Be fair! Try to give equal amounts of work to each team.
When all is said and done, praise and thank everybody who helped.