In the event of an emergency or natural disaster our families and community should be prepared to be on our own for two weeks or longer. 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 residents throughout the city who have been trained by Portland Bureau of Emergency Management 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. According to PBEM, NET members are:
- Prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks during any emergency.
- Able to provide emergency assistance to their family and immediate neighbors.
- Able to work within an emergency response team to save lives and property in their neighborhood.
- Able to guide untrained volunteers who want to help others during a disaster.
Get involved with your local NET by filling out this online form. If you are a member of the HR community and you get involved or are already involved with your NET, please leave a comment below to let us know.
HR Partnership with NETs
Holy Redeemer is in the boundaries of Piedmont’s NET team. Leaders of that team, Jay Moskovitz and Allie Flanary, have participated in the last two preparedness events we have hosted. Jay has visited our committee meetings – and we are open to more of that. We are looking for a member of the HR community to join the Piedmont NET team.
In December we hosted Laura Hall from Arbor Lodge’s NET team to help us think about how to prepare as a school community.