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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

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Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Map shows a century of earthquakes around the world

The following story by Andrea Mustain was posted on the website Our Amazing Planet on June 28, 2012.

Map reveals world's earthquakes since 1898The following story by Andrea Mustain was posted on the website Our Amazing Planet on June 28, 2012.

"If you've ever wondered where - and why - earthquakes happen the most, look no further than a new map, which plots more than a century's worth of nearly every recorded earthquake strong enough to at least rattle the bookshelves."

"The map shows earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater since 1898; each is marked in a lightning-bug hue that glows brighter with increasing magnitude."

"The overall effect is both beautiful and arresting, revealing the silhouettes of Earth's tectonic boundaries in stark, luminous swarms of color..." [read the full story]

Bikes and emergencies: PBEM director touts bicycles on KBOO radio

PBEM Director Carmen Merlo and NET team leader Ethan Jewett recently appeared on the KBOO Bike Show to discuss the role bicycles play in emergency preparedness and response on July 4, 2012.

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Director Carmen Merlo and Neighborhood Emergency Team leader Ethan Jewett recently appeared on the KBOO Bike Show to discuss the role bicycles play in emergency preparedness and response.

Click here to listen to the show. 

Click here to find the KBOO Bike Show podcast on iTunes.

PBEM video training series now online, publicly viewable

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is proud to announce the arrival of a unique online video training series geared toward current and aspiring Neighborhood Emergency Team volunteers.

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is proud to announce the arrival of a unique online video training series geared toward current and aspiring Neighborhood Emergency Team volunteers. The initial course series includes 17 different videos featuring presentations by the area's top emergency preparedness and response experts. These experts explain, for example, how to make an emergency preparedness kit, how to care for your pets during emergencies, how to plan for extreme weather, earthquakes, tsunami, volcano eruptions, landslides and the many other hazards that exist in our region. The courses in this entry-level series range in length between four and 13 minutes. The videos are useful as a refresher course for veteran NET members. They're also a primer for new NET members committed to deep participation in the program at the neighborhood level. Once members pass a quiz related to these entry-level courses, they will become eligible for PBEM's advanced, in-depth NET training.

Heartbleed Security Notice

A serious security vulnerability known as "Heartbleed" was recently discovered in OpenSSL, a popular software library commonly used by many websites on the internet to encrypt communication between a user's computer and a web server.

PortlandOregon.gov is NOT affected by this vulnerability as it does not use the OpenSSL software library. Please rest assured we are dedicated to protecting your security on this website.