Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Opportunities

Every so often, you’ll see an article like the one in the January 2014 issue of The Bee, about the importance of being prepared for catastrophic events. In Portland, talk of “resilience” is not just tied to people’s concerns about long-term recovery after a big earthquake, but also worries about a “long emergency” resulting from economic crises, energy shortages, or climate change. Throughout the northwest, there is definitely a rumbling…not a temblor (not yet anyway!), but lots of talk about preparing for The Big One.

Here is a listing of local courses and educational programs happening in the very near future, designed to get more and more Portlanders trained and ready for emergencies at the household level and beyond. Although emergency preparedness can be a serious and even scary topic, these efforts often have a great side effect of helping to build community by giving us a chance to connect with neighbors.

Register for CERT Trainings Now!

Coming up real soon (Jan–Mar 2014), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings are being offered by three different entities: Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM), Portland Community College (PCC), and University of Portland (UP). The classes meet on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, respectively, but there is some flexibility in that PBEM, PCC and UP have all agreed to allow students who miss a portion of their CERT class to make it up by attending one of the other program’s classes.

For more information, including registration links, click here to download a CERT Coordinated Trainings document.

Southeast Emergency Preparedness Events in the Works

A coordinated effort to plan and present three different workshops in various locations in Southeast Portland is now underway, thanks to a group of volunteers from Woodstock, Sellwood, and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhoods. These programs will be marketed to a large swath of Southeast, including Sellwood-Moreland, Westmoreland, Brooklyn, Ardenwald-Johnson Creek, Woodstock, Reed, Creston-Kenilworth, Eastmoreland, Brentwood-Darlington, Mt. Scott-Arleta, Foster-Powell and Lents.

Three different educational program topics are in the works for events projected to take place in March through May 2014:

  1. Making a family emergency plan and building an emergency kit
  2. Neighborhood networking (sharing preparedness information with others)
  3. Securing your living environment (seismic strengthening for homeowners and non-structural security measures applicable to renters as well as owners)

Keep an eye on this blog as well as neighborhood bulletin boards and social media sites for more details including locations, dates and times, as they become available.

Additional volunteers are needed and welcome to help plan and execute these events!  If you are interested, please send an email to Virginia Petersen and Liz Bryant, members of the Woodstock Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET), via info@woodstockpdx.org, or call Virginia at 503-775-0953.