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Portland Maps – Get critical information about your location is a city web portal that allows you to enter your address and learn the relative risks of your location.

You can also find out the assessed value of the property, permits and zoning, nearby parks, public safety including crime statistics and hazards, transportation information, and utilities.

In the Public Safety section, you’ll find information whether your location:


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Until Help Arrives – FEMA Training – May 1 at Holy Redeemer

Join us Wednesday, May 1, at 6 pm in the Holy Redeemer library for a training designed by FEMA called Until Help Arrives.
The presentation, led by nurse & HR parent Julie Konze, will help us understand what to do during the crucial period between an emergency and when help arrives.
This program is brought to you by the Earthquake Committee. For more information about how to get involved, speak with Mrs. Raineri or Mr. Baggenstos.
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BEECN – Emergency Radio Network

BEECN is Portland’s home-grown Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node network, with 50 nodes placed strategically throughout the city.

Developed and launched by Portland Bureau of Emergency Management in 2012 at the behest of Mayor Sam Adams, the nodes will convene volunteers 24-48 hours after an earthquake that knocks out other means of communication through the city.

The BEECN volunteers will operate license-free handheld radios at parks, and in the parking lots of schools and churches.

These volunteers will communicate with other BEECN volunteers at local fire stations, who will in turn relay messages to the Emergency Coordination Center — where, ostensibly, damage assessment will be underway and help will be standing by to respond to the areas of the city most damaged.

Importantly, reunification of people is not the purpose behind the BEECN nodes, although messages can be left on white boards at BEECN sites.

The nodes are limited to 50 throughout the city, to prevent an overwhelmed radio traffic system. And the locations have been carefully chosen for location, and lack of trees/electric wires (which may fall during an earthquake and make convening impossible).

To learn more and volunteer with BEECN, visit the BEECN page on the Bureau of Emergency Management’s website.

See the full BEECN map , or locate the BEECN nearest to you.

Finally, because it’s estimated that for most of us, help will not arrive for weeks after a large-scale disaster like the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, it’s really important to be prepared. Water – a gallon per person per day, prescription medications, and other supplies are crucial to prepare.

See the links on the side of this website for more information, and join us at events throughout the school year to get your family prepared.

Here is a video introduction to BEECN.

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Donate to the Special Appeal for Safety at Holy Redeemer

The Special Appeal featured at this year’s auction answers the call of our mission to ensure a safe and emergency-ready learning environment for our students.

Let us define who we are as a community by our commitment to being “HR Strong.”

You can still donate to the Special Appeal!

Gifts made in support of this special appeal are fully tax-deductible. Holy Redeemer is a non-profit 501(c)(3), tax ID # 93‑0964356.

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Holy Redeemer Auction will Support Disaster Preparedness

This year, Holy Redeemer’s auction theme is A Night for Heroes.

Throughout the night we will see themes of safety, earthquake preparedness, and acting as heroes to our student body.

Learn more by visiting the auction website!

Volunteer before the event or at the event. Buy or sell raffle tickets to support the school.  Sponsor the auction. Or buy tickets to attend – and invite your friends, family, and colleagues to join you.

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Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) – get involved

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:

  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.

Sign Up

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.

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Public Alerts – Sign Up Today

PublicAlerts sends urgent safety messages (i.e., stay inside, evacuate, boil water, etc.) to:

  • Landline phones
  • Mobile phones (voice and text)
  • Email
  • To receive messages you must register at

PublicAlerts is one of many tools Portland Bureau of Emergency Management uses to notify you. It’s not activated in all situations. Depending on the incident, safety information is also provided through:

  • TV, radio, newspapers (print and online)
  • Twitter and Facebook
  • The website
  • The Emergency Alert System (EAS) on TV and radio
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on most mobile phones.