New resources for emergency preparedness, looking out for each other

Published on 22 February 2018

Loddon Shire Council’s Community Support team have released new resources for residents around preparing for emergencies and looking out for your neighbour.

The In an emergency, what is your plan? and Hello Neighbour resources are available from the front counter at Council’s Wedderburn office and Wedderburn Community Centre. The resources will also be distributed to all community houses and library agencies across the Shire, and will be available online at www.loddon.vic.gov.au and from Council’s Facebook page.

Council’s Director Community Wellbeing Wendy Gladman said the resources were developed to help raise general awareness in the community, including being prepared for an emergency.

“It’s important that our community members have a plan in case of an emergency,” Mrs Gladman said.

“As the emergency resource emphasises, emergencies can happen at any time and can affect us, our families and our community.

“The brochure sets out five important steps to help plan, prepare and act in case of an emergency, that is, knowledge, have a plan, be connected, safety and wellbeing and information.”

The emergency preparedness resource has been developed in conjunction with emergency services, as well as the City of Greater Bendigo, Shire of Campaspe, Central Goldfields and Mount Alexander shires.

Mrs Gladman added that a second resource Hello Neighbour highlighted the need for community members to get to know their neighbours and look out for each other.

“This particular resource lists eight steps around getting to know your neighbour, from knocking on the door or leaning over the fence to say hello through to inviting your neighbours for a meal or cuppa.

“The resource also reminds residents to check on a neighbour during extreme heat and help a neighbour prepare for a possible emergency.”

Mrs Gladman said it was important for neighbours to get to know each other.

“Looking out for each other is always important, especially when it comes to an emergency.

“Furthermore, getting to know your neighbours helps foster good community connections, which benefits everyone.”