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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Free classes: make your home and office more resilient

In September, National Preparedness Month, the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Oregon Emergency Management, with generous support from Metro, are offering free courses designed to help you identify and reduce potential earthquake hazards in your home.  Classes run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center. Click the links below to register.

Wednesday, Sept. 17 – Don’t get smooshed

FEMA E-74/FEMA P-909: Bookshelves, copiers, TVs and refrigerators tethered to the wall? No? These are the kinds of non-structural hazards that can cause great harm to you, your employees or family and account for a majority of damage in several recent U.S. earthquakes.  In this two-part class, learn to identify and reduce these hazards, then learn how to train others in your office, neighborhood, church or favorite non-profit to do the same. Click here to register.

Thursday, Sept. 18 – How it shakes out at home

FEMA P-593: Own or manage a single-family wood-frame house or duplex? This course will introduce you to the common effects of a large earthquake on your home. You will learn ways to reduce damage caused by earthquakes and increase the chances your home will be safe to inhabit after “The Big One” hits. This class is open to anyone, professional or otherwise, who would like to learn how to prepare their home and property against earthquake damage. Click here to register.

Questions?  Email pbeminfo@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-4375.