Helping each other in times of stress is not only neighbourly, but is also just the right thing to do. Hurricanes can cause pronounced damage to our little island, but they bring out the best in Bermuda’s community. Here are 5 ways to be kind to your neighbour before, during and after a hurricane.
It’s always a good idea to check-in on elderly neighboburs and those with special needs before a hurricane is scheduled to strike. You can use this opportunity to make sure they have made preparations including stocking up on food, water and any important medications. Also ensure that they have some kind of light source at hand should the power go out, such as a torch and batteries, or candles. Let them know you’re looking out for them during the storm.
Help Secure the Yard
Your neighbours may need help to move and secure bulkier items like garden furniture. Offer to assist your neighbours in tying down items in their yard – not only will this help them, but it will help the entire community, by making sure that heavy items do not damage nearby houses after being whipped around by the storm. You can also use this opportunity to help your neighbour trim their trees, especially low hanging branches that could cause damage to power lines during the storm.
After the Hurricane, Help to Clean Up
Hurricane strikes can fell trees, damage houses and block roads. After the storm has safely passed, make sure your neighbours are okay and ask them if they might need anything now that the storm is over. Once you’ve confirmed that your neighbours are okay, come together and help one another to clear the roads and gardens of the neighbourhood from debris. This is a great opportunity not just to work together for the betterment of the neighbourhood but it’s also a chance to get to know your neighbours better and build a camaraderie together.
Share your Power
Hurricanes cause power outages – sometimes for days on end! If you are fortunate enough to have a generator, consider sharing your power with nearby houses. If your power comes on before others in the neighborhood, consider letting them take a shower and fill buckets with water from your working pump system – there’s nothing worse than being hot and sweaty after a hurricane without a working A/C or running water.
Pave and Save with a Neighbour
But what if your driveway is damaged in the storm? Or perhaps hurricane clean up has inspired you to spiff up the tarmac you share? Be a good neighbour by beautifying your driveway and amping up the curb appeal in your community with the East End Asphalt Neighbourhood Discount Programme. Save 15% anytime you and your neighbours use East End Asphalt. Neighbours that pave together, save together.
Be a good neighbour, beautify your driveway and amp up the curb appeal in your community with the East End Asphalt Neighbourhood Discount Programme. Save 15% anytime you and your neighbours use East End Asphalt. Neighbours that pave together, save together.
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