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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


  • NET volunteers work with Portland Fire & Rescue to be ready for disasters

  • NET volunteer teaching neighbors about emergency preparedness

  • NET trainees learn how to properly use fire extinguishers

  • NET members use cribbing to lift a one-ton concrete slab

  • Volunteers learning how to make a hauling system from a portable stretcher

  • Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Program

In the event of a citywide or regional emergency such as a severe winter storm, flood or major earthquake, households need to be prepared to be on their own for at least a week. Neighborhoods need to be prepared for self-sufficiency, too. Volunteer neighborhood rescuers will likely be first on-the-scene when firefighters and police are slowed by impassable streets or overwhelmed by calls for help.

Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. NET members are trained to save lives and property until professional responders can arrive. These volunteers are specially trained to help others without putting themselves in harm’s way. NET members are:

  1. Prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks during any emergency.
  2. Able to provide emergency assistance to their family and immediate neighbors.
  3. Able to work within an emergency response team to save lives and property in their neighborhood. 
  4. Able to guide untrained volunteers who want to help others during a disaster.

NET Volunteer Database

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