Winter washout a timely wake-up call
The June weather provided a real wakeup call. As the rain hammered down, rivers rose and roads and properties flooded. Last month’s deluge was a reminder that natural disasters happen.
If you were affected either at home or work, I sincerely hope the damage was not too severe and that you stayed safe
What about your neighbours? If they were affected did you stand up and offer assistance? Did you go and check on those around you?
There are many vulnerable people in our neighbourhoods who need support in times like these, so if you stood up and helped out, thank you. Thank you for helping friends, families and neighbours and thank you to the emergency management teams who manned the stations, offices and phone lines, and ran the response systems in place around Palmerston North.
I busied myself surfing through the emergency updates and posting them onto our
‘‘The floods raise another issue; if this had been a worse event, we may have needed each other to a far greater extent.
Facebook page. What became apparent was the huge numbers of people that social media connects. Until now, I was unsure how much notice they took of our page, but was truly astonished seeing our ‘likes’ soar as our ‘friends’ tagged their ‘friends’ into our posts to make sure they were getting the information they needed to stay safe.
A big thank you to all those Facebook sharers for your help.
Recently I helped a new support group start up. It was in response to a burglary in their street. This particular group have taken the idea of Neighbourhood Support and embraced it. They have now talked to each other about their families, pets, strengths and skills and have created lists so that they know exactly who can help who in times of need. I am sure this group was well prepared to help each other out if the need (or the waters) arose.
The floods raise another issue; if this had been a worse event, we may have needed each other to a far greater extent. Your NS group is only as good as its connections and communication. If your group has become a bit stale or out of date, why not use the recent weather event as the catalyst to reconnect, and check and update your details with us and each other.
It’s also a great time to welcome any new neighbours into your group It’s not hard to get together, have a chat and a cuppa, get your list adjusted and send it in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’ll put it on the database and send the updated lists and new member packs out to you.
If you think your group needs a little extra oomph to get it going again, give us a call. I’ll be happy to come out and have a talk with you.
Floating a boat down the city’s Cedar Gr during the recent flooding. The deluge provided the perfect opportunity to evaluate the readiness of Neighbourhood Support groups and their ability to look after members and neighbours.