Ready to help our community prepare?
We need many volunteers to help us prepare our neighborhood and to help out during an emergency situation. Please consider participating in one or more of the following:
- Attend our monthly NET meeting: We hold meetings from 7-8:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month at West Portland United Methodist Church, 4729 SW Taylors Ferry Road. Discussion include committee report-outs, upcoming trainings and events, and some preparedness exercises. Everyone is welcome to attend and find out more about what we do and how to get involved.
- Be a Block Captain: As a Block Captain, your role would be to meet your neighbors, facilitate their preparations with information they might need, communicate with them regularly and inventory any special skills they have (medical, construction,etc.) Our goal is to have a Block Captain for every 10-20 households. If you'd like to find out who the Block Captain is in your neighborhood, or to find out more about being a Block Captain, please contact Bev Perttu.
- Be a Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Member: NET Members are Portland residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. They will likely be first on-the-scene when fire fighters and police are slowed by impassible streets or overwhelmed by calls for help. Find out more about becoming a NET.
- Be an Amateur Radio Operator (ARO) or HAM Radio Operator: Radio communications will be critical when phone and cell lines are down. If you are currently an ARO/HAM in the neighborhood and would like to find out more about how to be part of our emergency radio comms team, please contact Jack Klinker. To find out more about NET radios and emergency channel details, visit our Radio page
- Identify Yourself as a Skilled Volunteer: Anyone in the neighborhood with emergency-related skills, such as doctors, nurses, construction/handy persons, teachers, counselors, EMTs/Search and Rescuers, etc. will be incredibly valuable during an emergency event. Please identify yourselves to your local Block Captains if you're willing to help in the case of an emergency. To find your local Block Captain, please contact Bev Perttu. Also, if you have the time, please consider becoming a Block Captain or a NET member.
- Be a BEECN Volunteer: Within 24-48 hours of an emergency event, the city of Portland will be activating BEECN (Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node) sites in all neighborhoods. BEECNs are places to go to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. The city of Portland will need volunteers to staff all of the local BEECN sites. Trainings are ongoing. Find out more at the PBEM BEECN page.