September’s North Tabor Neighborhood Association meeting will feature Glenn Devitt, of Portland Prepares, Sunnyside Prepared and Friends of Portland NET, speaking on how we in North Tabor can be more prepared individually and together in the event of an emergency. The meeting will be 6:30-8pm, Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 4837 NE Couch, Community of Christ Church.
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.
Come participate in a discussion of how we can work together as neighbors to be more resilient in the event of an emergency.