Posted in Parent + Parish Education, Preparedness + Supplies

Natural Gas and Emergency Preparedness

In any situation, if you smell gas, leave your house on foot and call NW Natural’s emergency line at 1-800-882-3377.

Natural gas can be hazardous in several contexts. Lourdes came to the Prepare Fair to talk to us about how to be as safe as possible during the following situations: earthquakes, carbon monoxide poisoning, and floods.


Get your home ready for an earthquake by taking the following steps:

  • Secure any appliances that use natural gas (like your water heater and furnace) to minimize movement during an earthquake.
  • Replace semi-rigid gas connectors with flexible connectors.
  • Keep combustible materials (like paint, oil, and rags) away from your furnace and water heater.
  • Contact a qualified, licensed contractor to install an earthquake shut-off valve – equipment that senses ground movement or shaking, and shuts off the flow of gas automatically.

After an earthquake:

  • Make sure that no flammable items have fallen or spilled near natural gas appliances.
  • If you smell or hear natural gas, call the NW Natural emergency line at 800-882-3377.
  • If possible, turn off your gas – if you’ve already turned it off, leave it off. Call NW Natural to have your service restored. Note that everyone else is in the same boat so it will take awhile for someone to restore your service.
  • If you’ve installed an earthquake shut-off valve, call NW Natural to have a contractor come to reset the valve and relight your natural gas appliances.

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon monoxide is a gas that’s odorless, poisonous, and potentially fatal. If gas equipment fails, it may cause the natural gas to burn improperly, resulting in the production of carbon monoxide.

(Normally, natural gas is nontoxic and produces only heat, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor.)

Carbon monoxide may be indicated when :

  • There is a yellow flame (normally the flame is blue)
  • You smell combustion odors and see soot around the front of the appliance.

To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, do the following:

  • Schedule an annual equipment inspection – NW Natural offers this service at no additional charge to its customers – call 503-226-4214 (or see the Customer Service section of NW Natural’s website).
  • Install vents and chimneys properly, and inspect them regularly for improper connections, visible rust, and stains.
  • Keep chimneys and vents free of debris such as leaves, creosite, and animal nests.
  • Install and properly maintain a UL-approved carbon monoxide detector, which can alert you when a certain level of CO is in the air. A CO detector does not replace proper appliance maintenance. NW Natural says to contact the Oregon fire marshal’s office for information regarding proper placement, testing, and maintenance of CO detectors.


Posted in Parent + Parish Education

Feria de Preparacíon en el Santo Redentor – Miércoles, 10 de octubre, 6: 30-8: 30 p. M., Cafeteria

Actualización: ¡Gracias por participar en el evento! Tuvimos una gran participación y nuestras organizaciones de mesas estuvieron ocupadas toda la noche!

Para el beneficio de todos, voy a publicar un blog sobre cada organización que se presentó, así que busque la etiqueta “Prepare Fair 2018” (Feria de Preparacíon 2018) en caso de que se haya perdido una mesa (o no haya podido participar en el evento).

Mensaje original: Únase a nosotros en la cafetería (Gran salón), miércoles, 10 de octubre, de 6:30 a 8:30 pm, donde puede reunirse con expertos de toda la ciudad para aprender más sobre preparación para 

emergencias, ciencia de terremotos y la zona de subducción de Cascadia. terremoto. ¡Los niños son bienvenidos!

Posted in Parent + Parish Education

Prepare Fair at Holy Redeemer – Wed., Oct 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Large Hall

Update: Thank you for participating in the event! We had a great turnout and our tabling organizations were busy the whole night!
For the benefit of all, I’m going to blog about each organization that tabled, so look for the tag “Prepare Fair 2018” in case you missed a table (or weren’t able to participate in the event).
Original message:
Please join us in the cafeteria (Large Hall), Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6:30-8:30 pm where you can meet with experts from across the city to learn more about emergency preparedness, earthquake science, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Children are welcome!
Posted in Parent + Parish Education, Uncategorized

Earthquake Speaker at HR on April 26

Please join us in the Large Hall (cafeteria) Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 pm to listen to Justin Ross from Multnomah County speak about preparing our community for the Cascadia Subduction Earthquake.
Justin will provide information crucial for us as families, as a school, and as a church to prepare for the earthquake and its aftermath.
All HR school and parish families are encouraged to participate. Children are welcome. We would be very happy if at least one person from each HR family could come to this talk –– it’s truly that important. Please RSVP at



Posted in Parent + Parish Education, Uncategorized

Presentación para la preparación de terremotos – 26 de abril

Por favor vengan al Large Hall (la cafetería) el jueves, 26 de abril a las 6:30 para escuchar a Justin Ross del condado de Multnomah acerca de preparar a nuestra comunidad para el terremoto de subducción de Cascadia.

Justin proveerá información importante para nosotros como familias, como una escuela, y como una iglesia para prepararnos para el terremoto y lo que vendrá después.

Todas las familias de la escuela y la iglesia de HR son invitados para participar.  Los niños son bienvenidos. Estaríamos muy contentos si al menos una persona de cada familia de HR podrá venir a esta presentación – es verdaderamente tan importante.  Por favor RSVP en

El evento ha sido organizado por el nuevo comité de terremotos de Holy Redeemer que se reúne cada otro miércoles en la biblioteca de la escuela a las 5:30pm.  Puede hablar con Mr. Baggenstos o Mrs. Raineri para aprender más.