Connect with a few people on your street this weekend, so in an emergency you can:
- Make sure everyone is looked after, especially those who might need extra help
- Share resources and skills to help each other– three families cooking on one BBQ uses a lot less gas than three families cooking by themselves
- Recover faster with less chaos or duplication of effort
- Even better, you’ll be helping build a friendlier, more resilient community every day of the year.
Start with a simple smile and introduction. The first step is always the hardest! Then suggest a few of you exchange contact details in case of an emergency.
Some ideas for future get-togethers
- Welcoming new neighbours – introduce yourself on moving day, take over a scones/bottle of wine/meal or invite them over for a meal.
- Offer support at times of extra need such as a new baby, a recent death or home renovations. Support could be bringing over a meal, watching kids for an hour, hanging out the washing or meeting for a cup of tea.
- Organise a street BBQ or a working bee with a few of your neighbours
- Arrange a progressive street meal – start off with lunch at one house, move to the next for afternoon tea, the next for dinner and the last for dessert. Share the load!
- Get involved in Neighbours Day Aotearoa
Sign up on the Neighbours Day website
- Our friends from the Neighborhood Empowerment Network in San Francisco have some great ideas for how to organise an event
- Start up a Neighbourhood Support group
See the Neighbourhood Support website for more information
Why are your neighbours so important in an emergency?
More and more research shows that communities that recovery best from natural disasters are those that have good social networks. One of the leading researchers in this field is Daniel P. Aldrich and he explains that:
In disaster recovery, social networks matter more than bottled water and batteries