Pearl District Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET)

Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. NET members are:


  • Prepared to be self-sufficient for one week during any emergency.
  • Able to provide emergency assistance to their family and immediate neighbors.
  • Able to work within an emergency response team to save lives and property in their neighborhood.
  • Able to guide untrained volunteers who want to help others during a disaster.


NET members receive 24 hours of classroom training and field exercises, using the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum that covers the following topics:


  • Disaster Awareness: Earthquakes and other disasters, Home and workplace preparedness, Neighborhood preparedness and NETS
  • Utility control – gas, electric and water
  • Fire Suppression
  • Hazardous materials
  • Disaster medicine: Medical triage, Treating common and life-threatening injuries, Setting up a medical treatment area, Public health considerations
  • Light search and rescue: Visual assessment of damaged buildings, Search and rescue techniques, Patient transport
  • Disaster psychology and trauma intervention
  • NET team management
  • Final Field Exercise (four-hour hands-on practical skill drill)

For information about NET program training opportunities, visit PBEM’s website at: