Partnership will Allow Fire, Emergency Management, and Crime Prevention to Communicate with Residents Online
Portland Fire & Rescue announced today a partnership with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the private social network for neighborhoods, to build stronger, safer communities with the help of residents. Portland Fire & Rescue is the first fire department in the state to use Nextdoor.
Led by Fire Chief Erin Janssens, this partnership with Nextdoor will enable Portland Fire & Rescue, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and the Crime Prevention branch of the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) to use Nextdoor to build stronger, safer communities with the help of Portland residents. Working together, the partnership will help residents and the agencies increase public safety, awareness, and precautions.
“We have always invested in innovative ways to increase safety for our residents, and we are excited that the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and ONI Crime Prevention will be joining us on Nextdoor to help with this effort,” said Fire Chief Erin Janssens. “With Nextdoor, Portland Fire & Rescue can share safety tips and bring more awareness to neighbors so they can help keep their communities safe.”
Nextdoor has already proven to be an essential and well-adopted tool for Portland residents. More than 162 Portland neighborhoods are using Nextdoor, representing 92% of the city’s neighborhoods.
With Nextdoor, Portland residents can join private neighborhood websites to share information, including neighborhood public safety issues, community events and activities, local services, and even lost pets. Portland Fire & Rescue, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and ONI Crime Prevention will be able to post information, such as public safety tips, important news, services, programs, free events, and citywide emergency notifications to Nextdoor websites within the city.
Nextdoor is free for residents and the City of Portland. Each Portland neighborhood has its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents who verify that they live in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor websites and the City will not be able to access residents’ websites, contact information, or content. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit nextdoor.com/portland and enter their address. If residents have questions about their Nextdoor website, please visit help.nextdoor.com.