In the aftermath of disasters such as earthquakes, more than 90 percent of persons rescued are not rescued by police officers, EMTs, or firefighters. They are rescued by their neighbors.
Since June of 1994, the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program has trained 2,519 volunteers to safely protect lives and property in their communities in the wake of a major disaster. After a catastrophe such as a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, NET volunteers will conduct search and rescue operations, triage and treat injuries, and shut off compromised utilities until professionals can arrive on the scene.
The following report showcases the work of the NET program in 2014. Highlights include:
- 14,402 reported volunteer hours (up 59% from 2013);
- 135 new NET volunteers;
- 8 NET deployments (total of 610 volunteer hours);
- 6 large advanced training events, with over 600 total classroom seats;
- Community outreach to over 14,000 people;
- Publication of the NET Diversity Report;
- Holding basic NET training in neighborhoods;
- Completions of the program's first team Operations Plans; and
- Criminal records checked on 100% of active volunteers.
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