Community Public Services

Coming Together As A Community During This Catastrophe

Written by Jennie Sager

The next few days of bushfires could be the most dangerous and damaging in our nation’s history, and we want to help neighbours stay informed during this difficult time. It’s important that we come together as friends and neighbours to share facts about where to find shelter, how to stay safe, and how to lend a helping hand.

In an effort to keep our members informed, NSW, QLD, and WA residents can now see a message in their Nextdoor newsfeed that directs them to an official Rural Fire Service and Emergency Services map showing where the bushfires are located. 

We are also working with Rural Fire Service outposts in certain areas, such as Hazelbrook, NSW, which are sharing updates on Nextdoor with residents who live in their municipalities. 

And, of course, neighbours are helping neighbours by posting local updates and essential information, including messages of thanks for their local firies. 

During this emergency period, it’s also important to remember you can tag a post as an ‘Urgent Alert’ on Nextdoor. Urgent Alerts are limited to 110 characters and are surfaced in the newsfeed and also via email. 

Our hearts are broken watching our beautiful country burn, but we know that the power of local communities is unrivaled, and now is the time for us all to take care of one another, lend a helping hand, and eventually help rebuild our communities after this catastrophic season. 

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