In Japan, when the 1995 earthquake hit, neighbors who knew where their other neighbors were asleep were able to quickly dig through the rubble and get to them on time. Neighbors helped save many lives before additional help arrived. Japanese government sees the importance of community building and they even fund a block party on government money to promote this idea.
What are some things you can do to create a better relationship with your neighbors without government funding? Be kind to your neighbors. Make sure to invite them to children’s parties. Offer baked goods, vegetables you grow in your garden or help around the yard when they need it. You can always offer services that you provide professionally at a discounted rate. Have small get-togethers whenever possible. Join community clubs and invite your neighborhood people. Don’t be afraid to talk to them. You will be surprised at how much you can learn from them before disaster strikes.
Another good tip is to let your neighbors know about survival gear. If you want to be a really generous neighbor, you can gift them a survival kit or a bug-out bag. You want all your neighbors to be just as prepared as you are. This way, when the time comes, you will know that their eye is not on your goods.
In this case we recommend that you get prepared by getting your neighbors prepared as well so that you can increase your chances of survival.
Shankar, V. (2012, September 18). The key to disaster survival? friends and neighbors. Retrieved from http://www.npr.org/2011/07/04/137526401/the-key-to-disaster-survival-friends-and-neighbors