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Portland offers free workshops to test emergency alerts, increase neighborhood resilience

PBEM workshopsThe Portland Bureau of Emergency Management is offering two opportunities to improve personal and neighborhood emergency preparedness. Your involvement is critical to the success of each event. All activities are free of charge. For the events on the 28th, registration is encouraged.

"Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?" A Community Evacuation and Alert Exercise, Feb. 21 or Feb. 28:

Imagine a toxic chemical has spilled and you’ve received a message to leave the area. What would you do? Learn how the City of Portland issues emergency alerts and tell writers of Portland’s Citywide Evacuation Plan how to make the messages better for you and your family during the workshop, offered twice in February. The workshop is free and participants have a chance to win a $75 emergency “Go Kit.” Early arrival is recommended.

Workshop Option 1 (En Español)

12 to 1 p.m., this Saturday, Feb. 21 at Fix-It Fair                                                         

David Douglas High School

1001 SE 135th Ave.           

 Workshop Option 2 (includes ASL interpretation)

*Event takes place during Portland's "In It Together" Community Summit. Space is limited and priority seating is given to summit participants. Registration is encouraged. See below.

1 to 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28

“In It Together” Community Summit

Ambridge Event Center – Sellwood Room

1333 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

“Your Resilient Neighborhood”

*Event takes place during Portland's "In It Together" Community Summit. Space is limited and priority seating is given to summit participants. Registration is encouraged. See below.

This isn’t Preparedness 101 – no building emergency kits or talk of plate tectonics. Instead, we’ll examine how community gardens, schools, parks, fuel stations, bike shops and food carts play into your neighborhood’s ability to withstand a disaster and recover more quickly. Join a lively exercise designed to demonstrate how to identify hazards specific to your neighborhood and use community resources (People power!) to make your neighborhood more resilient when bad things happen. Presenters include Carmen Merlo, PBEM Director; John Warner, Pearl District Neighborhood Emergency Team leader.

10 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 during the Portland “In It Together” Community Summit

Ambridge Event Center – Sellwood Room

1333 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

IMPORTANT SCHEDULING NOTE: ”Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?” Workshop 2 and “Your Resilient Neighborhood” take place during the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement “In It Together” Community Summit. You are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the entire summit. The summit is free. Space is limited due to maximum capacity of the event space. Summit participants will receive priority seating. Other participants will be welcomed on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch, child care and other accommodations are provided to participants who register for the summit here: www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/inittogether

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