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Saturday, December 7 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Saturday, December 7 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


This will be an advanced search and rescue exercise similar to the post office rescue we conducted in the summer. Cohorts are expected to set up a command post, use amateur radio to reach the ECC, rescue “victims”, and set up a medical triage area.

Participants signing up will receive an email later with more details. You will be outside and we will not cancel this exercise due to foul weather.


The training will be offered two different times:

Saturday, December 7 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Saturday, December 7 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm


PF&R Logistics

1135 SE Powell Blvd.


Contact the NET Coordinator

Jeremy Van Keuren

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management


National Preparedness Coalition


This is an off shoot of website.  They set up the website so that people from all walks of life could help each other out.  Here are a few of the elements they offer:

  •  Regional Discussions:  “Connect and collaborate with coalition members near you.”
  • Preparedness Discussions:  “Learn from and share best practices with members from around the country.”
  • Find or add events:  “Find events near you or add your events.”

 Here are some of the members in the database:

  • Businesses/Private Sector
  • CERT Groups
  • Faith-based Organizations
  • News Media
  • Military
  • Colleges/Universities

There is a CERT forum on the site.  People from all over the nation ask questions, give recommendations and look for people to connect with.

This site is highly recommended if you have a CERT team or are a professional emergency manager who is looking for some great insightful information.  But if you don’t fall in those categories, don’t let that stop you from checking them out.  There are still plenty of recourses that will help you on your path to becoming a more prepared person.

Snap Shot: Drop, Cover and Hold


We have all heard of the saying.  For those that live or lived in earthquake country, we had the drills in school.  “Earthquake, earthquake, now kids go under the desk and hold on real tight.” 

What is the real point of doing this?  Does this really help anyone out in a real earthquake?  And if so, then why do all the youtube videos show people just standing around when it starts to shake?  What about the “triangle of life”, what makes it a good or bad concept? 

These are all great questions (pat myself on the back)  and let us see where it takes us.

Q: What is the real point in doing this?

A:  The real point of doing this is to stay alive.  Things fall down, and head injuries are no laughing matter.  If debrie does fall all around you, you will have a pocket of air.  The hope is that it could be enough to keep you alive until rescue comes.

Q: Does this really help anyone out in a real earthquake?

A:  No, it’s just a sad, sad joke Continue reading

CERT App Will Help Coordinate Volunteer Responders


Stronger community


By: on July 02, 2013

A new public safety mobile application may soon help emergency response coordinators stay up-to-date on their volunteer teams and improve coordination with other public safety groups.

Called CERTify, the app enables Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) coordinators to send messages and assignments to team members during an emergency situation. It also enables decision-makers to keep a closer eye on volunteers’ safety and rescue credentials, to ensure that their skills and certifications are current.

CERT training consists of instruction in first-aid, search-and-rescue, basic firefighting, and other basic emergency skills for citizens. The training curriculum takes about 30 hours to complete, and course materials are provided by the federal government. After training is complete, volunteers can form community teams and help first responders after a disaster. Continue reading

Go Stay Kit



Today we finish the 8 part series to the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and possible personal solutions.  I had the pleasure of interviewing Steve Wood from Go Stay Kit.  A great product to help every family on their way to completing their emergency plan. 

Different ways to connect with Go Stay Kit




If you have an idea or know someone that could help promote this product PLEASE contact Steve.  This is an American product made here in Oregon. I would love to see it succeeded, wouldn’t you?

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