Emergency Preparedness Plan
- Published on Friday, 05 October 2012 03:26
The City of Portland is committed to principles of effective emergency management toprovide quality emergency response services to its residents. However, despite theCity’s efforts, there is still the likelihood that a major disaster, like an earthquake, would overwhelm the City’s and the neighboring community’s professional emergency responders for days or weeks. Therefore, as part of the emergency planning process, Sylvan Highlands Neighborhood Association (SHNA) recognizes the need for residentsto be prepared, organized, and trained to effectively work together to quickly assess damages and respond to their own emergency needs. It is for such a situation that the following program is being developed.
SHNA is developing a Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Plan to promote assistance to our neighbors and establish clear lines of communication during an emergency or disaster situation. This new plan will incorporate the important aspects of the Street Captain Program and individual and family preparedness. Neighborhoods need all levels of involvement from preparing your own household, being a safe house to serving as a street captain.
Street Captains have a very important role in this plan. During Non-emergency Times
- Maintain a current list of residents of the homes you are responsible for.
- Have a backup and potential runners.
- Have knowledge of more vulnerable residents.
- Have knowledge of personal skills and useful equipment available.
- Be familiar with the radio communications plan.
- Attend Annual General Meetings.
- Take training courses when available.
Responsibilities in a Declared Emergency
- Look after your own family concerns.
- Patrol and assess aid and assistance requirements for homes you areresponsible for.
- Inform the Incident Command Post (by radio or runner) of your situation and anyadditional assistance required.
- Monitor the situation and pass on any pertinent information to the ICP.
- Pass on information received from the ICP to residents.
See a map of our neighborhood.
If you'd like to become involved or have any more questions
Here are some great links to explore
http://getreadyportland.com/ - a local store with lots of info and items to purchase
http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/46475 - Portland’s Bureau of EmergencyManagement
http://www.oregon.gov/OMD/OEM/pages/index.aspx - Oregon’s Bureau of EmergencyManagement
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/ - Centers for Disease Control andPrevention information on earthquakes
http://www.ntotank.com/vewata1.html - water storage tanks
http://www.preporegon.org/ - GREAT! website