Press Release

Workshop Series Offered to Help You Get Ready for Anything

“Get Ready for Anything: Before and After a Disaster” is a free workshop series scheduled for April and May in the Sellwood-Moreland, Woodstock, and Brentwood-Darlington neighborhoods. Falling so near to the March 11 second anniversary of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, the series reminds us that the offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone threatens Oregon with a similarly disastrous event.

“If we think ahead and plan how to keep ourselves and our families safe, we develop confidence in our ability to cope with a major disaster,” says series coordinator Liz Bryant of the sponsoring Woodstock Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) and “And planning together with neighbors helps us all come through a disaster well and recover quickly.”

The first workshop, “Make a Plan & Build a Kit,” will teach you how to create a family emergency plan, including communications, getting everybody back together, and planning for children, pets and household members with special needs. It will also show you how to assemble an affordable emergency kit, including simple solutions for emergency sanitation.

In a major disaster, you and your neighbors will be each other’s closest source of help. “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared,” the second workshop, will show you how to engage neighbors in getting their households ready, and how to organize to help each other after a disaster. Also, you’ll learn about Neighborhood Emergency Teams and, if being a volunteer first responder appeals to you, how to become a NET member. Also much needed are ham radio operators who can provide vital communication links.

The last workshop, “Secure Your Home Against Disaster,” will address the safety of your living environment, with important information for both renters and homeowners. Speakers will cover fire safety and other non-earthquake hazards; non-structural measures for renters and homeowners to protect against earthquakes; and seismic upgrades for homeowners.

Each workshop will feature expert speakers including local emergency managers and representatives of the American Red Cross. There will be interesting exhibits to browse, informational handouts, and fun interruptions for door prize drawings to win emergency gear items. All locations are wheelchair accessible. To request special accommodations, please contact one of the people below. For updates and more information, visit our blog at Find us on Facebook!

Workshop #1, “Make a Plan & Build a Kit,” will be offered in all three areas:
Saturday April 5, 2 to 5 pm, Brentwood-Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Ave.
Sunday April 13, 2 to 5 pm, Moreland Presbyterian Church, 1814 SE Bybee Blvd.
Saturday May 3, 2 to 5 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.

Workshop #2, “Help Friends & Neighbors Get Prepared,” will also be offered in all three areas:
Wednesday April 30, 6:30 to 9 pm, To Be Determined. For updates:
Tuesday May 13, 6:30 to 9 pm, SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Ave.
Tuesday May 20, 6:30 to 9 pm, Reedwood Friends Church, 2901 SE Steele St.

Workshop #3, “Secure Your Home Against Disaster,” will be offered once, in the Woodstock area:
Saturday May 31, 2 to 4:30 pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 3915 SE Steele St.
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