A lot of the stories coming out of the Philippines are about neighbor helping neighbor, it made me think would that happen here? And then I saw this article and thought "maybe not" "Seattle is one of the loneliest cities".
If we won't even talk to each other in the market/bar/public transit, how will you fare in a disaster, having to introduce yourself to your neighbor you have lived next to for years to ask for help. Do you know if your neighbor(s) have health concerns? In firmed? Have latch key kids?
Do your neighbors know about you?
A book that explores that questions is Heat Wave by Eric Klinenberg where he delves into the high rate of deaths in a massive heatwave in Chicago in 1995 that killed over 700 people. Many died alone because they didn't have family or know anyone who would check on them. A sad story of people alone. So again I ask do you know your neighbors? Would someone check on you in a heatwave or power outage?
And just one more story Being sociable could save your life in a disaster
Make it a point this holiday season to meet your neighbors (its a great excuse) they may look at you like you want something, but give it a shot, say hi, lend a hand. Don't do nothing, what if your neighbor is a doctor or better yet prepper.
Thanks for reading