Share Information, telephone numbers, when and where you work, holidays, times when people may need extra support, neighbours with special needs (e.g. the disabled, the elderly, etc), what skills you can share (nurse, plumber, emergency babysitter).
Discuss in advance what you will do to help, so you won’t hesitate to act, or feel embarrassed to contact each other.
Plan and practise which signals you will use (whistles, fog horns, flick lights on and off, turn up stereo/TV loudly and suddenly, break windows, shout code name, yell don’t scream). remember to respond to anything unusual ant time of day or night. Always call the Police.
Street coordinators volunteer to pass around information – good news and bad – and to welcome new neighbours into the group.
Neighbourhood Support Groups can form the basis for Civil Defence networks. In an emergency, check each other safety and share resources. be neighbourly!
The key words are ‘community’ and ‘support’. Everybody gives something – whether knowledge or skill or time. Any everybody receives something: support from their neighbours, and peace of mind.
These groups don’t succeed if a few people do all the work. And when everybody does their bit, the quality of life in your neighbourhood improves.