Learn How to do Preparedness Outreach

Contributed by Liz Bryant

On March 21, OregonLive.com published this article about our spring series of Disaster Preparedness workshops planned for SE Portland.

Now I want to highlight the second workshop in the series, Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared, coming up this Tuesday, May 13 and next Tuesday, May 20. This will be presented by Alice Busch and myself and will be an interactive discussion about how to confront one’s own fears about bringing up disaster with the unaware, and dealing with their objections (it won’t happen here/in my lifetime/to me, won’t be that bad, the gov’t will save us, etc.).

It will also cover the practicalities of sharing preparedness info and how to do Map Your Neighborhood (MYN). If you’re not familiar with the MYN program, it’s about organizing with neighbors to help each other effectively after a disaster — since, as I’m sure you know, our neighbors will be our best source of help in a major disaster. (From the NPR story, The Key to Disaster Survival? Friends and Neighbors: “while official help is useful…it is the personal ties among members of a community that determine survival during a disaster, and recovery in its aftermath.”)

The workshop is free and no preregistration is required. There will also be door prize drawings. Here are the details:

Workshop #2, “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared”
Tuesday, May 13, 6:30-9 pm, SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-9 pm, Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

The last workshop in the series may also be of interest. It includes information useful to renters — fire safety and nonstructural measures to protect against earthquakes — as well as seismic upgrades for homeowners.

Workshop #3, “Secure Your Home Against Disaster”
Saturday, May 31, Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.

Liz Bryant
Woodstock Hub NET Team
www.PREPOregon.org