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Disaster Management

Get to Know Your Neighbours

Getting to know your neighbours is an important part of preparing your household.

Neighbours can help each other in many ways and can include people in your street or community.

Don’t be caught out during an emergency – make time to get to know your neighbours and their needs before an emergency situation occurs. You and your neighbours can work together to prepare your homes, provide shelter and look after pets during a disaster. Neighbours can also often provide help to those who need greater assistance during emergency situations.

Tips for getting to know your neighbours:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Invite your neighbour to a barbecue or morning tea.
  • Make an effort to familiarise yourself with your neighbour’s lifestyle, such as their hours of work or whether they are out of town a lot for work.
  • If you have pets, organise a “meet and greet” or play date.