Just as we started to recover from the recent bush fires, our community was hit with a severe storm in February which caused extensive damage and left thousands of people on the Central Coast without power, some for weeks.
Now our community must deal with the rapidly evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
In these uncertain times, it's more important than ever to stay connected. Even if we can't meet face to face, it helps to know that there are people around us who will help out in times of need.
If you’re able to do so, offer help to your elderly or vulnerable neighbours during this difficult time, always respecting the need for social distancing.
Some ideas on ways to care for your neighbours during COVID-19 are:
- call, text or leave a note in their mailbox to say hello and ask if they need assistance
- use a card coloured green on one side and red on the other or download a #viralkindness postcard and ask them to put the card in their front windows indicating whether they’re okay or if they need something. Visit neighbourday.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ViralKindness_notes-to-help-002.pdf
- pick up some shopping
- cook and deliver a meal
- pick up urgent supplies such as prescriptions
- walk their dog
- post their mail.
Connected communities are stronger, more resilient. They are knowledgeable about their risks and vulnerabilities, are organised, will cope better when disasters and crisis occur and will recover faster.
We are a strong community and we get through emergencies and crises together.