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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947


A BEECN (short for Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node) 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.

BEECN Training Monday June 21st, 6-7:30 pm:

This free, 90-minute training will introduce participants to the BEECN system. Learn where BEECNs are located, how they are set up, how to connect with other volunteers and deploy BEECNs in the case of a large earthquake that takes down phone lines. We'll review supplies in BEECN caches, learn how volunteers and the City's Emergency Coordination Center play a role during disasters and we'll check out the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management's website. Participants will also learn how to sign up to become a BEECN volunteer (which you will be potentially eligible to do after this training - though there is no expectation that you will become a volunteer unless you want to). PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME. Trainer may not give you credit for the class if you are late.

Sign up for the training here:

• This will be an online Zoom training. Participants must be able to view trainer's screen online (no audio-only participants).
• This training will not be recorded to post online; I’m working on a do-it-yourself/when-you-want -to-do-it online BEECN training.
• Make sure the Zoom software works on your computer or tablet before the training begins; our office cannot provide tech support ( is the website to get started with Zoom).
• Be sure to check your spam or junk email folder for one post-training follow up email.

Logging Hours: Already a BEECN or NET volunteer? Then log hours for this training as Advanced Training if you've never taken this training before NETs only). If you have taken the BEECN training in the past, please log the hours as Refresher Training (BEENC and NET volunteers).

BEECN Postcard

BEECN in a Nutshell

Cohort and Fire Station Diagrams

Note: If you have eight or more people an online BEECN Zoom training can be scheduled at a time and date that works for you. Contact for more information.

BEECN Volunteer Database

Log in to our volunteer database to manage hours and update your personal information. Contact the BEECN Coordinator if you have trouble logging in.