Being connected to your community means you can help each other in an emergency and, if you need it, in the long recovery journey afterwards.
People who receive positive support from their community (i.e. family members, friends, co-workers, neighbours) after an emergency tend to recover better than those who don't.
Being connected can help when disasters strike
Think about your existing connections.
Identify a personal support network
A personal support network sounds great at any time, but having one is essential during and after an emergency.
A personal support network should include people who can help you get the resources you'll need. They should be available to check in on you regularly and help you when required.
Your network could be your immediate family, your neighbours, a group of friends, more formalised support service staff, such as carers, or any combination of these.
Once you've identified your network:
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