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Make your property, office or home more resilient

Register now for free Preparedness Month FEMA earthquake trainings in September.

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Oregon Emergency Management, with generous support from Metro, are offering a series of free earthquake trainings to government employees, building professionals and the community. The September (National Preparedness Month) trainings will teach you…PBEM Logo

  • How to identify buildings and other structures that might pose a risk during an earthquake
  • What a quake might do to your home
  • How to avoid getting crushed by your stuff

Take one class, or take three! Early registration is recommended. Register for each class individually by clicking the links below. All classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Oregon Convention Center’s Oregon Ballroom 204, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Portland OR 97232.

Ideal for building professionals and facility managers

Monday, Sept. 15 - Identify weakness before disaster strikes
FEMA 154/ROVER: The first part of this training (FEMA 154) is focused on giving professionals the tools necessary to be able to identify, inventory and rank potentially hazardous buildings. This information will be used by government and business owners to retrofit and redesign buildings to improve earthquake resiliency. Building officials, contractors, engineers, architects and facilities managers will benefit most from this course, but homeowners may also find it helpful.
Before you go, engage in an overview of Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risk (ROVER), the system that automates the paper-based screening of procedures taught in FEMA 154 and ATC 20.  This tool uses smartphone and GPS devices to aggregate photos, sketches, location information and other data to a PC.
Click hereto register for both classes. 

Great for homeowners and property managers

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 “train-the-trainer” 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 for both classes.             
Thursday, Sept. 18 – How it shakes out at home
FEMA P-593: Own a single-family wood-frame house of 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? Call 503-823-4375 or e-mail