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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:
Click here to read the full report.