How To Help Your Neighbors During a Hurricane
When you live in an area where hurricanes are a risk, planning is essential. But beyond talking to your family, consider how you might be able to help your neighbors.
If you live in a community, your neighbors can be a great help in case of an emergency, and you can also be of service to your neighbors. Working together can help keep everyone safe.
Here are some ways you can help neighbors (and they can help you) in case of a hurricane:
- Be sure everyone has a plan. Exchange information so you can stay in touch.
- Discuss how you may be able to help each other if someone is out of town. Neighbors can help each other by clearing yards, sealing homes or caring for pets in case of an emergency. Let neighbors know if you’ll be out of town during the hurricane season.
- Get involved in community-wide efforts. One of the best things you can do for your neighbors, and yourself, is to be sure there’s a solid plan and a network of resources for everyone in the community, and that they know how to use them.
- Offer shelter. If you have room, let your neighbors know they can take shelter with you in case of an emergency. If not out of necessity, then for comfort. High rise residents, if you are below the 10th floor, let people on higher floors know they can take shelter with you in case of an emergency. It’s much safer on lower levels. If you’re on a higher floor yourself, make plans to take shelter on a lower floor or elsewhere.
- If you have room, offer carpooling if evacuation is necessary. This will help reduce traffic, gas expense, etc. for all.
- If a hurricane watch or warning is issued, make sure your neighbors are aware, too, so they can begin preparing.
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