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Emergency Preparedness

If our neighborhood ever encountered a disaster, be it natural or human-caused, there are many ways we can be prepared. The city of Portland as well as other local resources have put together a comprehensive list of ways to get involved and be ready. Here’s a short list of what’s available.

Neighborhood Alerts
Stay in touch with HAND via our listserve for updates on upcoming trainings or important information by emailing us at:

City of Portland & American Red Cross
Portland’s Office of Emergency Management (POEM) recently developed a partnership with the American Red Cross for general emergency preparedness presentations. Read more about the program here:

Register for Public Alerts
The community notification system used in Portland and Multnomah County – FirstCall – can alert people by cell phone, text message, email address or landline phone (including VoIP). But residents first need to opt-in to the system by registering their contact information. The FirstCall directory currently contains most published landline phone numbers, but cannot contact residents by other means unless they register. To ensure your information is in the system, visit and sign-up today.

National Preparedness Month begins Sept. 1
To help kick off National Preparedness Month in September, Mayor Sam Adams joined colleagues from the emergency response community to unveil a mock-up of a new sign slated to appear in Portland area parks that says, “Neighborhood Emergency Staging Area.”

Living on Shaky Ground
The State of Oregon offers the Living On Shaky Ground publication, about 5mb, which you and your neighbors can download. This is great self-help guide—diagrams and photos.

Federal Emergency Management’s Ready site offers options for businesses, residents, and children. You can print out a variety of information and in languages other than English. There are on-line preparedness games that parents can play with their children.

Know Your Neighborhood
Portland’s KYN is a 45 minute free training on the basics of disaster preparedness and crime prevention. It is available to all Portland residents and merchants on a requested basis.

Everyone can benefit from knowing their neighbors and having resources on hand, and KYN’s purpose is to build community and strengthen readiness among neighbors. This tool provides easy to follow steps for preparedness and crime prevention, while you get to know your neighbors. Training topics include: 9 Steps Immediately Following Disaster, Preventing Crime in Your Neighborhood, and Inventory the Neighborhood, etc.

A full tilt KYN Train the Trainer class is 2.5 hours in length and requires the participation of both crime prevention and emergency preparedness. Those who take this training agree to be available to co-teach KYN anywhere in Portland and are taught in both the disciplines: crime prevention and emergency preparedness.