Meet Your Neighbours

When an emergency strikes, we're in it together. The most immediate help following an emergency will come from those directly around - your neighbours. Connecting with them today and working together to prepare will mean a better response and faster recovery.

Download the In it Together: Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide (PDF) and start talking with the people next door. It will help you join forces so you collectively know what to do in an emergency, who to check on and what resources are available nearby.

Prepared neighbourhoods are resilient neighbourhoods. When you're in it together, you're stronger.

EIGHT STEPS TO WORKING TOGETHER


STEP 1: PREPARE YOUR HOME


Pulling together as a neighbourhood requires a basic level of personal preparedness. Take the first steps by completing the PreparedBC: Household Preparedness Guide (PDF), filling in the blanks of the PreparedBC: Household Emergency Plan (PDF) and building an emergency kit.

STEP 2: MEET YOUR NEIGHBOURS


Use the In It Together: Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide (PDF) as an icebreaker and organize a get-together, like a BBQ or potluck. If you already have a neighbourhood network in place - a Block Watch group, residents association or strata council - start there.

Suggested topics to discuss:

STEP 3: IDENTIFY A SAFE MEETING PLACE


In an emergency, you, your family and neighbours should gather at a predetermined safe meeting point to evaluate
the situation and what needs to be done.

STEP 4: ASSIGN RESPONSIBILITIES


It can be difficult to think clearly during and immediately after a disaster. Assigning responsibilities in advance will enable
a quicker and more coordinated response.

STEP 5: MAP YOUR STREET


Use the grid at the centre of the In It Together: Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide (PDF) to map out:

  • Participating homes.
  • Your safe meeting point.
  • Households that may require extra help.
  • Water, gas and electricity mains and where they can be turned off.
  • Other key resources or vulnerabilities identified in your planning.

STEP 6: STORE YOUR GUIDE


Remove the map and contact details from the centre of the In It Together: Neighbourhood Preparedness Guide (PDF)
and store it with your household plan in an easy to access location. Ensure everyone in your group has a copy of the
same information.

STEP 7: KEEP IN TOUCH


Maintain the momentum by staying in contact with your neighbours:

  • Organize an annual street BBQ or potluck.
  • Offer support during times of need or life changes, such as a new baby, a recent death or home renovations.
  • Welcome new neighbours.

STEP 8: REVIEW AND UPDATE


Identify someone to organize a get-together to review and update your neighbourhood plan each year.