Plan how your community could work together


Plan how your community could work together after an event

The clean-up effort after a disaster can really bring out the best in people. But if people are socially of physically isolated, the period after a disaster can be extremely confronting and lonesome. Plan how you might combine your resources (trucks, power tools, wheelbarrow, shovels, generators, powered cleaners etc.) in case there is severe damage. Find out who knows CPR and first aid, as there may be injuries either in the storm or in the clean-up effort. Make sure everyone is accounted for and has essential supplies. Be there for each other for support, both physical labour and emotional needs.

A community working-bee doesn't need to be complicated, it could be a very simple affair; with just a lot of talking and getting to know each other.

Why not Invite your local councillor to conduct a workshop looking into safer community strategies?

Ben Powell talks about an event he organised to enable his local community - the North Tamborine community - to build on a wonderful sense of community already alive, and resulted in a community register listing skills and experiences that could benefit other in the street. 

The party was held in a back garden half way along the parade. It was a very simple affair; with just a lot of talking and getting to know each other. We did have a fantastic and very energetic drumming workshop, another presented the street with a cake, celebrating our mountainous region (it was an amazing piece of art and tasted pretty good too); another volunteered their BBQ; and others decorated the main street with balloons and streamers. As a bit of friendly fun, we also ran a letterbox decorating competition. In the end we had more than twenty entries, ranging from sticker art to Margaret Olley inspired artwork.

The street party was a great success. We had around fifty people turn up, all of who had fun. And this is just the beginning, a number of people have been inspired to consider having their own drinks, parties or some other form of get together at their place in the near future. The next step for the whole street may be to develop a community register. This will hold information on community groups people belong to, skills that people have that would benefit others in the area.

From Ben Powell, North Tamborine