Get ready, get to know your neighbours

18 September 2013, 10:06 AM

You never know when you might need your neighbours’ help, so this year’s Get Ready Week is a good time to get to know one another.

‘Know your neighbours, know your community’ is the theme for the week, brought forward to 23-29 September so schools can take part.

“In the immediate hours and days following a disaster, it may be your neighbours who will help you to get through,” said Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Controller, Lee Hazlewood.

“You can rely on emergency services and civil defence to do their job in a major event, but the demand is likely to be overwhelming so it could be days before essential services such as water, power and telecommunications are restored, and damaged roads, rail and bridges are repaired.

“This is when you are most vulnerable and so it’s essential neighbourhoods plan to look after themselves for at least three days.

“If you don’t already, Get Ready Week is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbours and make a plan to help one another in a civil defence emergency,” Mr Hazlewood said.

“Disasters happen, they can happen quickly, and while we can’t prevent them there are steps we can take to reduce their impact and recover quickly.

“The week is also about considering your own personal preparedness. You can start by ensuring you have a household emergency plan and enough emergency items to cope for at least three days.”

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