Getting to Know Your Neighbors
Do you know your neighbors?
Regardless of the type of emergency you may face or where you live, it’s important to know your neighbors.
- Emergency response teams may be delayed
- Your neighbors may be the first ones who can help
- They know where you live and will have a better idea of what you might need
So meet your neighbors today!
Being prepared for an emergency begins with “hello”.
- Introduce yourself and let them know you live nearby
- Tell them you’re making a plan in the event of a emergency and want to share your information
- Exchange contact information such as a phone number or email
Plan together as Neighbors
You’ve met your neighbors. Now it’s time to put together an emergency plan. Working together to be prepared will help create a better plan.
Organize and announce a neighborhood meeting.
- If possible, add your emergency planning activities to an existing community or neighborhood meeting
- Use community news websites and newsletters, pass out flyers, and post in public places
- Use existing tools to create a neighborhood emergency plan
- Emphasize the need for everyone to work together
- Have follow-up meetings
Create a neighborhood map.
Create a map that shows the following details:
- Point out key community services and resources that can provide support
- Identify community members that have training or skills that can provide support before, during or after an emergency
- Identify the location of community members who may have additional needs including families with small children, people with pets, the elderly or those who need help to walk or move
- Choose a neighborhood gathering or evacuation site
- Create a neighborhood contact list with addresses, phone numbers and emails
Important steps to take immediately after an emergency occurs.
Emergencies create confusion and stress. That’s why it’s important to have a plan and practice it before an emergency happens. The following steps will help you and your household members respond quickly.
- Check on members of your household, family, and neighbors
- If there is glass and fallen debris, protect your head, hands and feet
- If necessary, shut off gas and water lines
- Check electrical circuit breakers
- Place a paper on your front door that says “Help” to let your neighbors know if you need help
- If necessary go to your family/neighborhood evacuation site
- Stay informed
Practice and stay prepared
- Practice evacuation of your home and neighborhood
- Check and update neighborhood maps
Twice a Year
- Check and confirm contact lists
- Keep Emergency Kits up-to-date