The Importance of Neighbors During Hurricane Sandy
Posted 4:13 p.m.
A community working together during an emergency makes sense. With Hurricane Sandy en route, there are many ways you can prepare yourself and family, but what about others around you?
We recognize that we live in all sizes and shapes of communities – some with defined homeowners associations, some with more active apartment living scenes and some in a single house away from main roads. Whatever your housing choice, try and connect with neighbors so you can seek or give support when it may be needed.
A few ideas:
- Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency.
- Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator, or expertise such as medical knowledge, that might help in a crisis.
- Decide who will check on elderly or disabled neighbors.
- Make back-up plans for children in case you can’t get home in an emergency.
- Share plans and communicate in advance.
Emergency response is one of the most important responsibilities of local government, but government alone can’t respond. Families, neighborhoods, businesses, houses of worship and many others in our large, diverse community must be prepared, at a minimum, to be self-sufficient for three days.
Talk about emergency preparedness plans with your neighbors – either through a formal HOA meeting, apartment community meeting or simply one-on-one with the people you know best on your street or in your building.