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1. Get to know your neighbours

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.

2. Create a community-driven repose plan

We support communities throughout Southland to undertake Community Response Planning. The best people to prepare for, respond to and recover from an emergency are those who know, understand and are part of that community. By coming together to develop Community Response Plans, communities will ensure they’re as ready as possible for any adverse event which may affect them. 

Our Community Team is working across Southland to ensure all communities are part of this process. We bring together interested people to form a local Community Response Group. We then assist them to produce a short Community Response Plan that identifies local hazards and local resources that may be used in an emergency. We also help to identify Community Emergency Hubs. These are often the natural “hub” of a community and are places where people can come together and support each other during an emergency. Our aim is to empower local communities to do what they do best – look after each other.

Find out if your community has a response plan

3. Become part of a Community Response Group

Become part of your local Community Response Group 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.

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