We continue to see in times like this that having a neighbourhood to rely on is often key. Neighbours turn to Nextdoor to lend a hand, lean on others when they need help the most and connect with local authorities, who can provide relevant real-time information.
We are constantly monitoring how the coronavirus is impacting communities around the world, and are working closely with government partners to share important and timely information. It is with this in mind that we have gathered the following tips to help you, your family, and your neighbours to get prepared. Remember to always follow the latest advice from the NHS and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
- Stay informed: To make sure you have the most up-to-date information, check the NHS site regularly and share the information with your neighbours.
- Get to know your neighbours: Talk with your neighbours (particularly the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions) about emergency planning and let them know you’re there to help. Localised community response can be critical during times when local authorities are overwhelmed.
- Identify aid organisations in your community: Create a list of local organisations that you can contact for information, health care services, support, resources, and mental health or counselling services. Local government partners on Nextdoor are an important resource for hyper-local information about developments in your city. You may also consider enabling push notifications to receive real-time, critical information in the form of Emergency Alerts from your local first responding departments.
- Create a contact list: Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbours, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local GP surgery, and other community resources.
We are here to help. Leverage our platform so you can stay connected to your neighbours — click here to invite your neighbours. And, for real-time updates, we encourage you to also visit the World Health Organisation (WHO).