If anything, do these 3 simple things to make sure you're ready
Join or form a neighbourhood support group as you and your neighbours can share skills and resources that can be vital in an emergency. Start discussing today what you can do to assist each other - you can contact civil defence staff at your local council for details on getting started.
When neighbours know each other they are more likely to look after one another. This is especially important during and after a disaster, like a storm or a large earthquake.
Neighbourhood Support is a great way to connect with your neighbours, as it aims to make our homes, streets, neighbourhoods and communities safer and more caring places in which to live. Neighbourhood Support works closely with the Police and many other organisations in your community to reduce crime, improve safety and prepare to deal with emergencies and natural disasters.
The community-driven response plan is owned and developed by the community; it is not imposed by a council.
The plan is developed by representatives of stakeholder agencies and organisations within the community, who form a working group with the goal of completing and maintaining the plan. The process of developing the plan can be facilitated by an Emergency Management Advisor.
Ownership of the plan stays with the community, represented by the stakeholder group.
Become a civil defence volunteer yourself, especially if you move to a new community. Not only will you learn about the risks to your neighbourhood but you will also make friends. These people will help you respond to an emergency.