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Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947


  • Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN)

A BEECN is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. Click on the links below to learn more about BEECNs, find a site near you and get prepared for an earthquake.

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Find a BEECN site near you

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Video: Introduction to BEECNs

PBEM's Operations Manager, David Blitzer, narrates this video introduction to the BEECN program.

Printable BEECN map

Print out a map showing all 48 BEECN sites.

Printable BEECN mailer

Print out a postcard with a map and information about BEECN sites.

Frequently asked questions about BEECNs

Frequently asked questions about BEECNs.

Smartphone app with BEECN map

Free iPhone/iPad app Survive! that includes a map with Portland's Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Nodes (BEECNs).

Smartphone apps for emergencies

Emergency preparedness and information apps for smartphones, including iPhones and Androids.

Assemble an emergency kit

Basic supplies to include in an emergency kit.

Seismic strengthening resources

Resources on residential seismic strengthening from Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS).

Earthquake safety tips

Brochure "Living on Shaky Ground: How to Survive Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Oregon."

Learn about Portland's Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program

Information about Portland's NET program and how you can get involved.

BEECN Site Data

Excel spreadsheet with location information for each of Portland's Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN) sites.

Submit feedback

Tell us what you think about the BEECN program.