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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

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Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

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September is National Preparedness Month

This September, please plan and prepare in the event you must go for five days or more without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services.

Preparedness Month 2012This September, please plan and prepare in the event you must go for five days or more without electricity, water service, access to a supermarket or other local services. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Make a Plan: Discuss, agree on and document an emergency plan for those in your care. Click here for planning resources to help you get started.
  2. Assemble a Kit: Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care – water, non-perishable food, first aid, prescriptions, flashlight, battery-powered radio, etc. Click here for what to include in your kit.
  3. Stay Informed: There are many resources available to help you and your family stay informed about hazardous conditions. Click here to learn more.
  4. Get Trained: After you’ve made a plan and assembled a kit, take your preparedness a step further by getting trained in first aid, CPR/AED or in other safety areas. Or take it a step further and become a member of a Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Click here for training resources.

Also consider participating in the "30 Days, 30 Ways" campaign run by Portland partner CRESA and challenge yourself to one simple task each day this month. Details can be found at http://www.30days30ways.com/.

Remember that emergency responders may not always be able to reach you quickly, such as if trees and power lines are down or if they’re overwhelmed by demand from an emergency. The most important step you can take in helping your local responders is being able to take care of yourself and those in your care; the more people who are prepared, the quicker the community will recover.

PBEM, Portlandia, neighborhood leaders helping residents ‘get ready’ during National Emergency Preparedness Month

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month and the 9/11 anniversary, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) has launched a multi-faceted awareness campaign.

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month and the 9/11 anniversary, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) has launched a multi-faceted awareness campaign. Activities include neighborhood-level training, an FM radio show, a first-ever TV and newspaper advertising campaign and the special, symbolic lighting of the Portlandia statue.

 

During the month of September, nighttime visitors to downtown Portland will notice the Portlandia statue lit in amber-yellow (the official color of PBEM and National Preparedness Month). This symbolic gesture is meant to urge residents to prepare themselves and their families for a potential 9.0 magnitude earthquake and other disasters. Just last Friday, the metro area was reminded of its earthquake vulnerability as a 3.5 magnitude quake near Molalla rumbled through the area.

 

Also, with support from federal grant funds, PBEM and its regional partners have launched an ad campaign urging residents across the Portland/Vancouver metro area to sign up for the PublicAlerts program. PublicAlerts enables first responders to provide real-time, life-saving notifications to geographically targeted neighborhood groups during emergencies. Registrants can customize alerts to receive them via landline phone, cell phone, text and/or email.

 

On September 12th, PBEM’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training will begin seven weeks of classes for dozens of neighborhood volunteers. This free training includes classroom instruction, hands-on practice and a field exercise, all designed to provide life-saving knowledge to residents during emergencies. Current classes are full but recruitment for the volunteer program is on-going. New, online introductory classes are available to the public here.

 

On September 21st, tune into KBOO radio 90.7’s emergency preparedness show from 11:00 a.m. to noon. PBEM Director Carmen Merlo and State of Oregon earthquake expertYumei Wangwill discuss earthquake home preparedness and other relevant topics.

 

Later this year PBEM will unveil a completely revamped and refreshed website. For more information on National Preparedness Month, the NET program, home preparedness kits and how to seismically brace homes against earthquakes, visit PBEM online at www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem.

ECC update: project “going vertical”

Construction of the City of Portland’s new state-of-the-art emergency coordination center (ECC) is moving ahead at full steam.

Construction of the City of Portland’s new state-of-the-art emergency coordination center (ECC) is moving ahead at full steam. This week, neighbors saw heavy truck traffic as concrete and steel were recently brought to the site. 

 

“It should start looking like a building soon, and we appreciate your patience as we bring concrete and supplies to the site," said Emerick Construction representative Alicia Clark.

 

The ECC will serve as a multi-agency coordination hub supporting on-scene response to an emergency. Located at 3732 SE 99th Avenue - adjacent to the current Portland 911 center and Ed Benedict Park - the ECC will harness the City’s response resources, support elected officials and provide helpful information to the public during all phases of a significant emergency: readiness, response and recovery.