Photos courtesy of NET Team members Ethan Jewett & Inger Klekacz
In the event of a citywide or regional emergency such as a severe winter storm, flood or major earthquake, households need to be prepared to be on their own for the first 72 hours. Neighborhoods also need to be prepared for self-sufficiency after a major emergency. Emergency responders such as Portland firefighters and police may become overwhelmed with requests for help and efforts may be affected by impassable streets and other damage. Volunteers will naturally be the first on-the-scene emergency responders in their own neighborhood.
Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are citizens trained by the Portland Office of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. NET members receive basic training that will provide the skills to work with your neighbors to save lives and property during the first 72 hours of any citywide emergency. The skills you'll learn in the free NET training will also help you manage emergencies that you may encounter in daily life.
The City of Portland offers the NET training at no cost to people who live or work in Portland. Over 1,000 citizens have already completed the training! To join a NET, you will be required to complete a total of 21 hours of basic training in class with a final field exercise of four hours.
INTERESTED? Pre-register for the next NET training at http://www.pdxprepared.net/register.php.
January 28, 2010