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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

How do I become a NET member?

Portland NET

Anyone who lives or works in Portland can take NET training. Over 2,500 volunteers have completed basic training. Join them today. 



  • FREE disaster response training that improves your practical skills and prepares you for a major disaster.
  • Get to know your neighbors, and join a group of highly skilled community leaders.
  • After completing basic training, you also receive access to free advanced training opportunities, exercises, and classes.


  • About 28 hours for basic training, usually done over the course of three Saturday classes.
  • At least twelve hours of volunteer time every calendar year. This can be in the form of talking with neighbors about emergency preparedness, attending neighborhood meetings, or taking advanced training classes.


To join Portland NET, please complete the following steps:

1. Complete the NET registration form.

2. Watch PBEM's online basic preparedness training and pass a quiz. You will receive a quiz username and password from the NET Coordinator after you complete the registration form in Step 1.

3. Sign up for basic NET training. Once you pass the quiz for the online basic preparedness training, the NET Coordinator will contact you with a calendar of upcoming basic NET training opportunities.

4. Complete a background check. Our NETs come into contact with vulnerable populations, have access to some city property and facilities, and receive sensitive information. Therefore, we require our volunteers to complete a background check every three years. Once your background check is cleared, you will be issued an official NET ID card. You can download the background check forms from the following link: Background Check Forms. Alternatively, if you have had a background check completed in the last three years (for example, through your job), we will accept it. Place contact the NET Coordinator for details.

5. Join your team. The NET Coordinator will connect you with your neighborhood team leader. Your team leader will have information for you about NET meetings and will keep you informed of advanced NET training opportunities.

About Basic NET Training: To join a NET, participants complete a total of 21 hours of basic training in-class with a final field exercise of four (4) hours. PBEM offers basic NET training several times during the year. You must be at least 14 years old to take the training.

The training includes the following topics:

Session 1: Disaster Awareness - Earthquakes and Other Disasters; Home and Workplace Preparedness; Neighborhood Preparedness and NETS

Session 2: Utility Control - Gas, Electric and Water; Fire Extinguishers - Types and Uses; Hazardous Materials

Session 3: Disaster Medicine (I); Treating Life-Threatening Injuries; Medical Triage

Session 4: Disaster Medicine (II); Treating Common Injuries; Setting Up a Medical Treatment Area; Public Health Considerations 

Session 5: Light Search & Rescue (I); Visual Assessment of Damaged Buildings; Search Techniques

Session 6: Light Search & Rescue (II); Rescue Techniques; Patient Transport

Session 7: Disaster Psychology and Trauma Intervention; NET Team Management; NETs in Action - Tabletop Exercise

Session 8: NET Final Field Exercise, a four hour hands-on practical skill drill

We use FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum to train Portland NET members.

PBEM Background Check Document

PBEM Background Check Document.

Online Basic Preparedness Training

Online, introductory level training on the basics of personal preparedness

NET Code of Conduct FAQ

Frequently asked questions about the NET Code of Conduct.

NET Registration Form

Please complete this registration form if you are interested in becoming an active member of a Neighborhood Emergency Team in the City of Portland.

Already a NET? Update Your Information

Enter your email address (Login) and your NET Volunteer Database password, then click the Go button.

Take PBEM's online basic preparedness training

Log-in to your NET account and take the quiz.