Why are your neighbours so important in an emergency?
Research shows communities that recover best from natural hazards are those that have good social networks. One of the leading researchers in this field, Daniel P. Aldrich, explains the importance of social networks in his article 'Recovering from disasters: Social networks matter more than bottled water and batteries.'
Suggest swapping contact details in case of an emergency.
If you live in a tsunami evacuation zone, discuss your plan and routes for evacuating quickly.
Share resources, such as a BBQ to make your gas supply last longer in a power outage.
Find out if there a shared space where you could store emergency water.
Do you commute to work? After an emergency, you may need to walk home. For some people this could be a long way. You could suggest having a meeting point for people who live in your area to gather so you can walk home together.
WREMO hosts household and community earthquake planning sessions across the Wellington Region.
Welcome new neighbours – introduce yourself on moving day, take over scones/ a meal or invite them over for a cup of coffee.
Offer support at times of extra need such as a new baby, a recent death or home renovations. Support could be bringing over a meal, watching kids for an hour, hanging out the washing or meeting for a cup of tea.
Organise a street BBQ or a working bee with a few of your neighbours.
Arrange a progressive street meal – start off with lunch at one house, move to the next for afternoon tea, the next for dinner and the last for dessert. Share the load!