Since we've moved several times across several states for the last nine years, I always make it a point to seek out free community events in the area. Not only do they load you up with all sorts of freebies (I got my favorite hat free at an event), but they can provide you with valuable resources and information for the area in which you live.
The Meet Your Local Community (fill in the blank) are really valuable because not only do you learn about things like neighborhood watch and numbers for the fire department/police but because you can learn about things that are offered free to residents (or you are already paying for in your taxes…). My kids got to grab some donuts and some activity books and sit in some fire vehicles while my husband and I learned about neighborhood watch, vacation watch, the best way to control the TX mosquitos in our backyard and free engravers (to put identification numbers on your valuables if they ever get stolen) and paint kits (for painting your house number on the curb). All of these things were very useful to us as newcomers to the community.
I encourage you to check out the websites for your local township or city and see what events they are holding (most of the time they are free!). Educate yourselves on your community and build relationships with the emergency personnel where you live. What do you have to lose anyway?