A community is safe when the neighbors know and trust each other. In too many urban communities, neighbors remain strangers until a natural disaster strikes, reminding them that we are all one family and must work together for our mutual survival. The good thing about the last major snow storms in many cities is that for the most part, neighbors chose to help each other dig out cars from the snow and jump start stalled cars and even give each other rides. We're getting better. But many areas still have a long way to go. Not everybody understands what it means to be a good neighbor. If an emergency caused you to have to be absent from home unexpectedly without warning for a day or two, such as an accident or other unplanned incident, which neighbor could you trust to watch over your house in your absense? Which neighbor would you feel comfortable asking to look after your children? Which neighbor would you fear would cause harm and why? Would it help if you got to know that neighbor better, or is that neighbor known to cause problems? What should you and other neighbors do about that in order to restore safety to your community?
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