New Website

This website served as the model for a new site that has been expanded and updated:


We recommend using the new website for your personal, household, and neighborhood preparedness efforts.


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Help/OK Sign to Print and Use

Here’s a Help/OK sign customized for Sellwood. Keep it near your front window. In case of a disaster, once you’ve taken care of yourself and your family, post this sign in your window to signal that you are OK and do not need assistance or that you need HELP. You can print it in color or black and white, one sided or two, it will work regardless.



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Preparedness Workshops June 27, July 11, July 25

The SMILE Preparedness Committee is offering a workshop on how to prepare your household and your neighborhood to come through any natural disaster, from severe winter storms to earthquakes. This interactive workshop will focus on working with the people you’ll likely need to rely on right after a disaster: your neighbors. The workshop will be offered three times, on June 27, July 11, and July 25.

Dates: June 27, July 11, July 25
Time: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
At: The SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th

Free. No registration necessary. Information:

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Disaster Preparedness in Portland on June 2!

Hello friends,

Surely you have heard that the world will be coming to an end this year. Or that aliens will attack Earth this fall ? Or perhaps you are acutely aware that we are due for a major frigging earthquake? Either way, it would be good to have our collective shit together. And even if the world is not coming to an end this year and no earthquake strikes Portland within our lifetimes, disaster preparedness is a great excuse to get different kinds of folks together.

So, I am organizing a free disaster preparedness event in Portland on June 2nd called ‘Resilience PDX‘. The idea is to bring all kinds of local groups and people that are doing preparedness-type things in one place to connect and share information and resources. And I want it to be super fun. Portland-style. I’ve managed to get a bit of support from Multnomah County, the City of Portland, and some key local groups. But I still need more help to achieve the vision.

So, here is what I am asking of you all:

1. Visit the website: (thanks Rafa for the awesome design!). Let me know if you have suggestions for the website or the event. If you like the event, click the Facebook ‘like’ or ‘send’ button (unless you are Kenan and don’t have the facebook).You can also click the Twitter button if you are into that kind of thing.

2. Visit our Facebook page ( and like that (it’s different from liking our website).

3. Forward this email to your friends (the ones I don’t know) that you think would be interested in learning more about disaster preparedness.

4. Register on the website and come to the event!

5. Let me know if you would like to help out with the event in some way. I’m open to any suggestions. If you are willing to volunteer, just check the volunteer box when you register, or email me with some specifics.


Arif Khan

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Emergency Preparedness EXP 2012

Don’t miss this FREE event. The website alone has wonderful resources.
Friday, March 16th 1:00 pm – 7:15 pm    Saturday, March 17th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
12300 SE 312th Ave, Boring, Oregon 97009

Bring Your Friends and Neighbors to this FREE Two-Day Event!  -  EmergencyPreparednessExpo2012.Blogspot.

Friday, March 16 1:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 17 10:00am- 5:00pm
12300 SE 312 Avenue, Boring, OR 97009
Hosted by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Join us for this free event and learn how to:
Create a Family Plan, Organize Your Neighborhood for Disaster, Store Food, Purchase the Right Insurance, and more.

Speaker: James Roddey, American Red Cross Director of Communications, author and lecturer.

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CERT Training Soon!

There will be a CERT training course on March 3, 10, and April 14. This is the same training offered by our NET teams. Anyone completing the CERT course may register with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and become a member of NET.

CERT training prepares you to serve as a volunteer first responder after a disaster. You will learn about disaster preparedness, fires suppression, medical operations, search and rescue, disaster psychology, how to work with volunteers, terrorism, and hazardous materials.


To register for this course
Information on CERT
Information on Portland’s NET program

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If you’d like to be part of a major research project tracking seismic activity, check out NetQuakes:

The USGS is trying to achieve a denser and more uniform spacing of seismographs in select urban areas to provide better measurements of ground motion during earthquakes. These measurements improve our ability to make rapid post-earthquake assessments of expected damage and contribute to the continuing development of engineering standards for construction.

To accomplish this, we developed a new type of digital seismograph that communicates its data to the USGS via the internet. The seismographs connect to a local network via WiFi and use existing broadband connections to transmit data after an earthquake. The instruments are designed to be installed in private homes, businesses, public buildings and schools with an existing broadband connection to the internet.

OPB has an article that gives more of a feel for it: Homeowners Help USGS Track Quake Danger In ‘NetQuakes’ Project.

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Preparedness Event in Southeast

You’re invited to an important

free neighborhood event:
Emergency Preparedness:
“Little Steps Go a Long Way”
January 21, 2012, 10am to noon
St. Philip Neri’s Carvlin Hall
(2408 SE 16th & Division)
Emergencies like snow storms, earthquakes, flooding, tornado, etc. can strike anytime, but there are many small things we can all do to be prepared to deal with the consequences. Especially well connected neighborhoods and communities have proven to make a big difference in how well people do during and after emergencies.
The Hosford Abernethy Neighborhood Development Association has started a committee for emergency preparedness, and this is the first event for us to share our insights and plans with you. We’re hoping to find more neighbors to participate in the group.
Speakers include neighbors sharing what they have done to prepare, and the Citizen & Community Preparedness Manager of Multnomah County. Representatives from emergency preparedness organizations will also be present to answer your questions.
Great take-home resources will be given to those who attend.
Note about children:  Children are welcome to this event. However, please consider that some of the information presented will include graphic and candid descriptions of what an earthquake may be like and the possible dire circumstances following such an event. Thus, this event may not be suitable for some children.
Sponsored by the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood
Development Association (HAND) and Citizen Corps.
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A National Community / Neighborhood Exercise

A team of national, regional, state and local agencies and organizations have undertaken an effort to develop, facilitate and evaluate a recurring series of disaster exercises entitled “Formidable Footprint”.

This series of exercises serves as an opportunity for governmental agencies along with community and faith based organizations to assess their capability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a variety of natural disasters which affect communities and neighborhoods.

For more information see the Disaster Resistant Communities Group website.

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This Wednesday, November 9th, at 2:00 pm Eastern Time (Eastern Time), (11:00 am Pacific), the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will conduct the first-ever Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test.

This test, originally intended to run three minutes, this past week was reduced to 30 seconds by the FCC, which is worried about unduly alarming the public with what may seem to be a real alert. The use of the “real alert” code is necessary in order to activate the whole system nationwide (which is why there has never been a nationwide test before).  However, it is important to know whether the system as it is configured will actually work if it is ever needed.  Thus, this test.

Most of us know the EAS as the old Emergency Broadcast System, and we’re all familiar with the monthly test we see on TV and hear on the radio. What most people don’t know is that those monthly test are all done locally, and there has never been a nationwide test of the entire system!

According to Phil Petree, President of, “The important thing to know about this test is that FEMA is using a code for an actual emergency so the text at the top of the television screen may indicate that an ‘Emergency Action Notification has been issued’. This notification is used to disseminate a REAL national alert – although in this case, the test.

“Because this is an actual alert code, the background image that appears on video screens indicating ‘This is a test’ may not appear, and if viewers flip channels they should see or hear the alert on ALL channels. The fear is this could cause uninformed users to panic and call 911 – and flooding the 911 system could put lives as risk by preventing callers with actual emergencies from getting the help they need.”

“Please consider communicating the Nationwide EAS Test information to your communities of interest,” said Manny Centeno, FEMA IPAWS Program Manager. “We greatly appreciate your assistance and invaluable efforts for this important public service.”

To help people understand this test and what they can do to help, nonprofit has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions page which contains valuable information, links back to the FEMA site. The page can be found at .

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