Emergency Planning

The Emergency Planning Subcommittee has disbanded at this time. The NWDA is looking into how to replace this oversight effort.

Emergency Planning Resources:

Emergency Kit Supply List (pdf document)

Make an Emergency Plan (pdf document)


Legacy Good Samaritan to Host Earthquake Preparedness Event

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Legacy Good Samaritan to Host Earthquake Preparedness Event
Hospital invites community to take a tour of emergency facilities, learn about personal preparedness and identify community resources

Portland, Ore.—Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center announced today it will host an Earthquake Preparedness Fair on Thursday, November 15, 2012. The fair, which is free of charge and open to the general public, will feature exhibits presented by a community organizations, neighborhood associations and hospital representatives as well as a tour of the Emergency Department.

Details of the Fair are as follows:

WHEN: Thursday, November 15, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center Stenzel Healing Garden
1015 NW 22nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210

Specific exhibits include:

Tours of the Emergency Department: Join Chief Administrative Officer, Tony Melaragno, MD, for a tour of Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) to see firsthand its inner workings and learn about when you should or shouldn’t you go to the hospital during a disaster.
o Tours are scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Contact Megan Turnell at mturnell@lhs.org or 503-413-7742 to register.

Personal preparedness: Planning for Resilience & Emergency Preparedness (PREP) will present valuable information on how to prepare for a major earthquake and other catastrophic events. PREP will teach equip and empower the community with practical tools and tips on how best to prepare for a major disaster.

Community Resources: The Northwest District Association’s (NWDA) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) will showcase their efforts to organize the neighborhood before, during and after an emergency or disaster. They will also highlight and identify community resources available to neighbors.

Pet Preparedness: Learn from Dove Lewis how to create pet rescue and evacuation plan, manage pet identification information, identify a family meeting spot and other measures that will keep your pets safe in the event of a disaster.

Evacuation protocols: How does a hospital evacuate patients, visitors and staff? Stop by to see our evacuation slides and review our plans.

Mass fatality management: In a disaster, we will be faced with multiple victims and multiple fatalities. It is an unfortunate reality that hospitals must manage victims, both alive and deceased. Visit this station to learn what is being done in the arena of mass fatality management in a hospital setting.

Emergency Operations Center in an emergency: This is the hub of operational control in a disaster. Learn about the incident command system and its role in a disaster situation. How can the hospital co-ordinate such a large event and minimize chaos? We use a very refined approach that meshes well with other organizations.

Mental health support: Mental health just is as important as physical health, but the signs and symptoms of a disorder may not be visible. Come learn about how you can support yourself and others after a disaster.

New maps show Portland’s natural hazards by neighborhood

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What’s the earthquake risk in your neighborhood? Is your home or business located on a flood plain? To find out the answers to these questions and more, check out the new maps created by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). The maps –made in partnership with Portland’s neighborhood coalition offices – identify natural hazards throughout the city. They offer a neighborhood coalition by neighborhood coalition account of known earthquake faults, flood plains and other dangers, including hazardous material sites, steep slopes and forested areas at risk of fire. The maps also show community resources – such as evacuation routes and key transportation corridors used during emergencies, hospitals, county clinics, schools, fire stations and police facilities – within each neighborhood coalition area.

Each map can be downloaded directly from PBEM’s website http://www.portlandonline.com/oem/index.cfm?c=58572  Larger versions are available for viewing in person at the seven neighborhood coalition offices.

Portland Earthquake Project

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The Portland Earthquake Project (PEP) was formed to promote earthquake awareness and help build a prepared, resilient Portland. The group is comprised of scientists and preparedness experts from Mercy Corps, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Oregon Red Cross and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management.

For more information about PEP, visit them on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/PortlandEarthquakeProject> and
Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/PDX_earthquake>.

May 29:  Cascadia’s Fault <http://www.mercycorps.org/events/2012/04/25/26839>

June 5:  Safe Enough To Stay<http://www.mercycorps.org/events/2012/04/25/26842>

June 12: The Portland Earthquake Walking Tour

ResiliencePDX- A Free Disaster Preparedness Expo in June

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Portland, Oregon – If a magnitude 9.0 earthquake rattles the Pacific Northwest and topples bridges, interrupts power, and cuts off your supply to drinkable water, would you know what to do? What resources should be available in your house or neighborhood in the days before emergency responders arrive?

ResiliencePDX will help you answer these tough questions. ResiliencePDX is a one-day emergency preparedness expo taking place on June 2nd, 10am-5pm, at King Elementary School where you can learn valuable life-saving emergency skills, share knowledge, and get your questions answered by a diverse group of disaster experts. Geologists state we are due for a major earthquake in this region, and better preparedness can save lives and reduce impacts of a disaster.

“ResiliencePDX will be a fantastic way for people to gain skills that will not only help their friends, family and loved ones survive a disaster, but will also go a long way in creating a more sustainable, disaster resilient community.”  Alice Busch, Emergency Management Instructor at Portland Community College .

At ResiliencePDX, experts from the City of Portland, Multnomah County, the Oregon Red Cross, Portland Public Schools, and more than 35 other groups from around Portland will inform you about resources for the community before, during, and after a major emergency. There will be more than 20 skills workshops, where experts will share knowledge to help you prepare for and recover from a disaster. All ages are welcome and attendance at the entire event is free.  Food vendors will be on site selling lunch, snacks, and desserts throughout the day.

Come to the workshop if you are interested in learning:

  • How to safely treat and drink water from any other fresh water source
  • What to do when your toilet no longer flushes
  • How to prepare household kits for your family
  • Tips on growing, buying and preserving food for long-term storage
  • How to organize your neighbors
  • Ways in which bicycles can be used to transport hundreds of pounds of cargo
  • Information on using social media and other technologies in a disaster

If you live, work or play in Portland, or merely care about preparedness, please come, learn, and share in this fun and FREE event!

Event Details:

ResiliencePDX – A Family-Friendly Disaster Preparedness Expo

Cost: Free to the public

Date: June 2, 2012 ; 10AM – 5PM

Location: King School and Park, 4906 NE 6th Ave, Portland, Oregon



About the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management (Sponsor)

The mission of the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management is to coordinate and support the efforts of local governments to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and human caused emergencies and disasters.


About the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (Sponsor)

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) works before, during and after emergencies to minimize impacts on the community. Their work depends upon coordination with others in government, the private sector and the wider community to promote risk reduction, readiness, response, and recovery. Our goal is a resilient community that can endure all hazards, adapt quickly to disruptions and return to normal activities as soon as possible.


About Portland Public Schools (Sponsor)

The Portland Public Schools received a grant to enhance the School Emergency Response Plan for the district, train all Principals in the Principles of Incident Command, train 120 students in CPR/First Aid/AED, conduct a school vulnerability assessment at all schools, and participate in a full-scale exercise with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management. The district additionally was able to create site specific emergency plans for each school, purchase emergency flip charts for each classroom, provide a series of training sessions for all school emergency teams and Principals, purchase over 3,000 emergency “Go-Kit” buckets for each classrooms, create a pandemic influenza and food defense plan and conduct emergency site specific drills at all 86 public schools as well as participating private schools.


About the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (ResiliencePDX Host)

Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) serves as one of seven district coalitions advancing neighborhood livability through highly inclusive civic engagement. The organization is set up as an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit for more opportunities to respond to community needs. NECN believes in creating healthy communities by engaging citizens to become directly involved in determining how their neighborhood evolves.

NWDA Emergency Planning Workshop

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Thanks to everyone for making Let’s Prepare Together – An Emergency Planning Workshop a big success. Over 70 neighbors attended the April 18th workshop organized by the NWDA and NWNW, with financial assistance from the City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Invitation to Training: PREP – Engaging the Community in Preparedness

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Invitation to Training: PREP – Engaging the Community in Preparedness

When:  Friday, April 13, 2012, 8:30-4:30

Where: University of Portland

Cost:    Free

Dear colleague,

PREP – Personal Resilience and Emergency Preparedness – is a new community preparedness program and website to be launched during April.  We are offering an opportunity to learn about PREP as well as about Seattle’s online SNAP program – Seattle Neighbors Actively Prepare – on which, along with Map Your Neighborhood, PREP is modeled.

PREP is a collaborative effort involving the PREP Steering Committee (a community group), Multnomah County, and the City of Portland.  PREP is intended as a regional resource, and we look forward to involving additional public and private partners.

PREP and SNAP have three do-it-yourself modules: household preparedness, block organization, and staying current with practice drills.  The emphasis is on preparing with neighbors, though individuals can certainly use the resource to prepare their households. The PREP group has substituted Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) for the middle part of SNAP, partly because MYN has become such a regional standard.  PREP also includes a calendar for local preparedness trainings and other events, as well as information on longer-term resilience that can support the recovery phase of a disaster.

As PREP expands to additional geographic areas, there will be a way to access resource, event and other information pertinent to those areas.  And the plan is to have printed materials available before long, for people without computers or the resource to print multiple copies of handouts for neighbors.  Further down the road, PREP will include preparedness resource in other languages.

The April 13 training will feature, in addition to a demonstration of PREP, JoAnn Jordan of Seattle Emergency Management.  JoAnn, who developed SNAP and has overseen the program since its beginning in 2005, will describe various approaches they have used to promote and implement SNAP.  Following her presentation, your input will be solicited as to how PREP can be most effectively utilized in the Portland region beyond the current pilot in the SE Uplift neighborhoods.

Though PREP is still under development, you are invited to view it at pdxprep.net, and your feedback is most welcome.  Comments about the content should go to Stan Hoffman (stanhoffman@mindspring.com) and technical questions to Jeremy O’Leary (jeremy@tpdx.net).

For an agenda and to register, please visit preptraining.doattend.com by Wednesday, April 4.  If you have questions, please call Steven Bullock at 503-988-4233.  We hope to see you there.

PREP Steering Committee

(Liz Bryant, Carol Carmick, Stan Hoffman, Jeremy O’Leary, Wes Risher, Ralph Schmoldt, Betsy Shand and Murphy Terrell)

Justin E. Ross
Public Information Officer
Portland Community College Emergency Management Association
justin.ross1@pcc.edu / j_elliotte@yahoo.com
360 609-2839

NWDA Emergency Planning Workshop

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Let’s Prepare Together – An Emergency Planning Workshop

Learn how to reduce the risk to you, your family, your community and  business in the event of a major disaster—like a devastating earthquake. Featured speakers and presenters will share easy and practical ways to help you get prepared.

Wednesday, April 18, 5:30-8:00pm
Northwest Neighborhood
Cultural Center
1819 NW Everett
Looking Glass Room
(use 18th St. entrance)

Children’s Activities  •  Snacks  •  Door Prizes

With support from: Neighbors West Northwest, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Northwest Cultural Center, and The Northwest Children’s Theater and School

Portland to launch first citywide test of the community notification system January 26th

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Portland, Ore. – On January 26th, the anniversary of our region’s last great earthquake, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) -in partnership with Multnomah County- will initiate the first-ever, citywide test of Portland’s community notification system. This relatively new system has been used successfully in real, small-scale emergencies. But it has never been stress-tested on a large scale.

During this citywide test, PBEM will attempt to send a single message via landline phone, cell phone, text, and email to a maximum number of Portlanders in the shortest amount of time possible. “We want this test to expose any weaknesses in the system,” said PBEM Director Carmen Merlo.

Greater participation in the test will ensure a larger sample group and help PBEM gauge the system’s functionality. Merlo encourages Portlanders to register for this and all future notifications by signing up at www.PublicAlerts.org. Personal contact information provided during registration is kept private and used only for the purpose of sending geographically tailored emergency messages. During the January 26th test, residents will be notified only if the contact information provided corresponds with a Portland mailing address.

It bears reminding, our region could experience a magnitude 9.0 or greater Cascadia subduction zone earthquake at any moment. The last one occurred January 26, 1700. Scientists say we are in the average window of time during which these massive, destructive earthquakes occur. The community notification system may serve as an invaluable communication tool during this and other kinds of emergencies.

What: Citywide test of Portland community notification system

When: 11:00 a.m. until completion of task

Free Web-based Course on Emergency Preparedness

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Free Interactive Web Based Course:
Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone

This free online course is sponsored by FEMA and takes 30min-1 hour to complete.


Tour Fire Station #3 with the Safety & Livability Committee

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Join us for a tour of Fire Station #3 on Monday, January 9, 10:45am!

The Safety and Livability Committee will tour Fire Station #3 at 10:45am on Monday, January 9.

This tour will be the second half our regular monthly meeting. From 10-10:30 am we will meet in the meeting room at World Cup (corner of NW Glisan and 18th). We will then walk to Fire Station #3 (NW Johnson at 17th) for a tour.

Join us for our meeting or simply meet us at the Fire Station! Everyone is welcome.

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