Get to Know Your Neighbors

Your neighbors are your safety net. Based on information from other disasters around the world, we know about 90 percent of people are rescued by their neighbors. Starting up a conversation with those who live and work around you could be the most important action you take to keep your family safe in a major emergency.

Be informed. Sign up for PublicAlerts. enables you to sign up to receive urgent safety messages on your mobile phone, home phone and email, and provides current information on emergencies and travel disruptions in the greater Portland metro area. You can also follow on Twitter at @PublicAlerts.

Train to be part of a Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET)

NETs are teams of Portland residents trained to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. The training is free, and anyone who lives or works in Portland is welcome to join the program.

Know where to go after an earthquake

Portland Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN) program identifies places to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. There are 50 BEECN locations around Portland.

Learn how to plan for specific hazards

Earthquakes, winter weather, heat, volcanoes, landslides, tsunamis, nuclear incidents – different disasters require different plans. Learn how to plan for specific hazards.

Discuss disasters with your kids

Learn how to approach disaster preparedness education and discussions with your kids.