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Know your neighbours

Published: 11 October 2017

Get Ready Week, which runs from October 9 to 13, is a great time to discuss with your family and friends what you might do in an emergency.

In an emergency it's natural for neighbours to come together and help one another, share resources and information.

Auckland Emergency Management strongly advises that in an emergency, people should stay at home if it is safe for them to do so. Emergency services will be focused on saving lives, so it’s vital for neighbours to plan on how to support the community through the many less serious challenges and disruptions caused by emergencies.

 If you aren’t already connected to your neighbours, here are a few awesome ways to get started:

  • Baking - This is always a good ice breaker and elderly neighbours are very grateful for the gesture. While chatting you could mention your household plans for a Civil Defence emergency and ask what they have planned and see where you can help each other.
  • Join Neighbourly – this free community social website is an easy way to connect with others in your neighbourhood.
  • Plan Sharing - You could write a letter and drop it in nearby letterboxes letting neighbours know your plans and what you’d like to achieve with their help.
  • Street BBQ - You could hold a street BBQ in a near-by park and discuss your emergency plans in a neutral, relaxed environment.
  • Neighbourhood Support - You could start or join a Neighbourhood Support group in your area.