Do you know your neighbours?
Living with risks is a part of our everyday lives. Although we can eliminate the chance of accidents happening, we can’t control acts of nature and their consequences. In an event, the most immediate source of help and comfort won’t be the emergency services but the people who live in your street and your community.
In the case of a major event, for example an earthquake, it may be several days before emergency services can get to individual streets and in some cases several months before regular services return to normal. In the meantime, it will be your neighbours and the people in your street who will help you and your family. If you know your neighbours, you will know who has a disability, who uses a wheelchair, or maybe there’s a young mum with toddlers. Get your street together and give everyone a chance to meet each other. It’s a great time to learn community hazards, identify the neighbours who might need extra help and to share contact numbers. Ensure you include new families to the street and consider joining Neighbourhood Support. Check out their website at www.
pncitysupport.com or visit their Facebook page for more information. By connecting with your neighbours, your chance of getting thru the big one when it happens will be much higher than if you go it alone.