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Emergency Preparedness

Three Steps to Prepare for an Emergency

By Sue Campbell Well, we couldn’t have had a more fitting (though unwelcome) event to underscore the need for emergency preparedness than the winter storm in January. The biggest snowfall in nearly forty years meant disrupted transit, a record number of cancelled school days and a state emergency declared at both the state and city level. We hope you made it through okay and we’d like to suggest taking this as an opportunity to create (or reevaluate) your emergency preparedness (e-prep) plan. What to expect An important part of preparing for an emergency is knowing what type of help is […]

Emergency Preparedness, Building Community

A New Year’s Resolution That Builds Community and Safety By Sue Campbell (www.suecampbellpdx.com) When you think of emergency preparedness, maybe you think of a reality t.v. show or some of the scare tactics used in media reports…Or maybe you try not to think about it at all. Emergency Preparedness (E-Prep) is a bit like other resolutions we set ourselves this time of year: not something you look forward to, but not so bad once you get started, and it feels great to have it taken care of. With the right perspective, preparing for an emergency can be empowering, as well […]

Recover NW 23rd

An update from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management on the NW 23rd recovery project A RESILIENT COMMUNITY The Alphabet District is more resilient than ever before. For two months, you have united in the face of trauma, going above and beyond to help each other out. Generosity and good will are alive in your neighborhood, but there’s more to it.  You’re rebuilding, sharing lessons learned and taking steps to improve your community’s flexibility and durability. You’re strengthening business ties and relationships with neighbors. Next time you’re faced with trouble, you’ll be able to respond and recover more quickly because […]

URM Retrofitting Forums

Portland Hosts Public Forums on Proposal for Retrofitting Unreinforced Masonry Buildings Vulnerable During an Earthquake On Thursday (9/22), Portland is hosting the second of two public forums to discuss a draft proposal to require the seismic retrofit of the city’s 1,700 public and privately-owned unreinforced masonry (URM) buildings. The forum is being held at the Portland Development Commission (222 NW 5th Ave) from 6 to 8 p.m. URM buildings are typically structures built before the 1960s using brick with little to no steel reinforcement in the walls that are highly vulnerable to collapse even during a moderate earthquake. Public Forum […]

Mitigation Action Plan Summer Socials

Mitigation Action Plan (The Map) The MAP is the city’s plan to reduce our risks from hazards like floods, landslides, and earthquakes. It tells us how hazard events might affect our city, and the ways city offices plan to reduce those impacts. We want to talk to you about the plan and hear what you think! Summer Social NW August 16th 6:00 – 8:30 pm Wallace Park This will be a very informal, open-house type event. Activities like a liquefaction shake table, and an erupting papier-mache volcano, as well as maps showing the natural hazard risks in the city will be available. We want […]

BEECN Training

After a large earthquake, you could be without phone service for days or weeks. If you’re injured or need supplies, where will you go? Within two days of a quake, Portland intends to activate BEECNs (short for Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Nodes) at 48 locations around the city. Each BEECN is a place to get information and communicate with public safety responders to get emergency help. A BEECN includes a red tent, a radio, and first aid supplies staffed by volunteers. Check out this short video to see what a BEECN looks like. For the BEECNs to work, we need […]

Prepare Out Loud Event

Learn the Facts – Take Action – Lead by Example Together we can rise to the challenge of a Cascadia Earthquake. The event will feature a 90-minute presentation by Steven Eberhein, an American Red Cross expert on the Cascadia Subduction Zone and earthquake preparedness. Mr. Eberhein’s Prepare Out Loud presentation teaches the science behind the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, explains the sizable impact this earthquake would have on the Portland area, and ends on a note of inspiring optimism. The June 5 event will also include a number of displays about preparedness, including emergency evacuation kits, water and food supplies, gas shut-off valves, and preparedness planning for parents, pet-owners and those with special needs. The potential […]

BEECN Volunteers for Post Disaster Communication

A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communications Node (BEECN)  is a place to go in Portland neighborhoods after a major quake to ask for emergency assistance or to report severe damage or injury. Cell phones, landlines, texting and internet service are not resilient enough to endure the damage anticipated from a Cascadia Subduction Zone Quake. The 48 neighborhood BEECNs in Portland rely on amateur radio to help neighborhoods and local government reach each other. WHAT DOES A BEECN VOLUNETEER DO? BEECN volunteers use a handheld radio from the cache. They talk with an amateur radio operator at the fire station who will […]