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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

Portland kicks off effort to reduce the city's risk from natural hazards

Event takes place Monday, June 22nd from 4-6:00 p.m. at the Matt Dishman Community Center Auditorium (77 NE Knott Street, Portland OR 97212).

Natural HazardsPortland is at risk from natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, and winter storms, and PBEM is seeking to better understand how those events impact Portlanders so that together we can increase our community’s resilience to disasters.

Over the next 18 months we’ll be updating our natural hazard mitigation plan using an equity lens—looking to identify and prioritize projects that will improve the safety of all Portlanders. These projects may then be funded by FEMA or by the City.

The NHMP Kickoff Meeting is June 22nd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Matt Dishman Community Center Auditorium! Click here for details.

Why should you attend?

  • Hear a presentation from special guest speaker Courtney Ochs titled "Losing Community: Lessons from Hurricane Katrina."
  • Learn how to get involved in building Portland's resilience, and why it's important.
  • Better understand your natural risks.
  • Ensure that your community's needs are considered.
  • There will be snacks, and kids are welcome!

Interpretation is available if requested prior to the meeting.

For more information, visit

Portland encourages residents to join the Neighborhood Emergency Team program to help prepare for the next earthquake

NETThe City of Portland is encouraging residents to join the Neighborhood Emergency Team program – or NET – as a way to prepare for earthquakes and other disasters. In the immediate aftermath of a major disaster, more than 90 percent of persons rescued are not assisted by firefighters, police officers or other public safety responders – they are rescued by their neighbors. The NET program gives residents basic safety skills they can use to help with search and rescue, treat injuries, and shut off damaged gas and water utilities until professionals arrive.

“The earthquakes off the Oregon Coast on Sunday and Monday serve as a reminder we all need to take action to prepare before the next major quake,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “Joining the NET program is one of many ways Portlanders can become more resilient and help their families, friends and neighbors.”

Last week the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management released a report highlighting the work of the NET program [click here to read the report]. In 2014, the program contributed 14,402 volunteer hours (up 59% from 2013), added 135 new members, took active steps to increase NET diversity, and deployed teams eight times in response to emergency incidents, including during a wind storm last December, and planned events.

Portland residents can learn more about how to join the NET program by visiting, and find tips on how to prepare for an earthquake at