We all cope better when we work together. Whether it’s a bushfire, flood or severe storm, getting to know your neighbours will help you prepare, respond to and recover from a disaster. They can also help you and your family feel safer.
Here are some ways neighbours can help each other:
Helping prepare a household emergency plan and kit.
Clearing roof gutters and trimming trees close to your homes.
Lend a hand securing outdoor furniture or loose objects in the yard if a storm is on the way.
Make a phone call to check in or share important information about what’s happening during an event.
Providing a place to shelter or access to resources during a disaster.
Helping to clean up after a disaster.
Look out for your community
Remember to look out for people in your community 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
People who have recently arrived, including tourists, refugees or immigrants.