Emergency Preparedness in Portland

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is working to promote a culture of resiliency in Portland.


PBEM, working in partnership community and business groups, is developing resources and programs to help Portlanders be prepared and informed about potential hazards and natural disasters.


PBEM’s website is a great place to find information on emergency preparedness: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/46475


There, you’ll find useful information about:

  • Making an emergency plan
  • Assembling an emergency kit
  • Planning for specific hazards, including earthquakes, floods, and severe winter weather
  • Staying informed about natural and human-caused disasters, changing conditions and events in the Portland area
  • You’ll also find information on trainings, general emergency preparedness resources, and volunteer programs, like PMEB’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program, which offers free, basic emergency training to residents.


There are hundreds of trained NET members and active teams in neighborhoods throughout Portland, including a NET in the Pearl District. Pearl District NET members live in a number of residential buildings the Pearl District.


For information about NET program training opportunities, visit PBEM’s website at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/net


For further information about the NET program, check out PBEM’s NET Resource Page – NET Training Materials: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/49921


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Website that provides exercises, articles, and ideas:


Also, check out Planning for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Oregon’s Website: http://www.preporegon.org