Do you know your neigh­bours?

The Tribune (NZ) - - SQUARE CIRCULAR -

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.

pnci­ty­sup­ 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.

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