Know your Neighbours
Getting to know your neighbours and your local community is an important part of preparing your household for a disaster.
Your neighbours can help you prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster. They can also help you and your family feel safer.
Neighbours can help each other in many different ways before, during and after a disaster by:
- helping to prepare a household emergency plan and an emergency kit
- helping you prepare your home and yard, such as trimming trees and clearing gutters
- helping you move outdoor furniture and secure other loose objects around your property
- providing information about what is happening
- providing a place to shelter during a disaster
- helping to clean up after a disaster
- talking about what has happened so you can be better prepared next time.
We’ll all cope better with disasters if we work together as a community and look out for people who might need extra help, or people who may be able to help you. Look out for:
- older people living by themselves
- people with physical or sensory disabilities
- people living with chronic illness or mental illness
- single parents with young children
- large families
- people who have recently arrived, including tourists, refugees or immigrants.