Workshop #4 > Neighborhood Networking

Thursday, July 25 > 6:30 pm-9:00 pm


Waverly Heights Congregational United Church

3300 SE Woodward Street, Portland, OR 97202

Schedule Overview:

  • 6:30-6:40 pm > Arrival – registration, browse tables
  • 6:40-6:45 pm > Introductions
  • 6:45-7:10 pm > Speaker #1 – PREP/Liz Bryant
  • 7:10-7:50 pm > Speaker #2 – MYN/Stevie Bullock
  • 7:50-8:00 pm > Break
  • 8:00-8:30 pm > Speakers #3 – Block Connectors:
  • 8:30-8:50 pm > Speaker #4 – NET/Jeremy Van Keuren, Hanmi Meyer
  • 8:50-8:55 pm > Series Closing Remarks!
  • 8:55-9:05 pm > Raffle//Browse tables, connect with neighbors

Speaker #1 – Getting Prepared with Your Neighbors > Liz Bryant/ PREP Oregon

Once your own family/home is prepared, PREPOregon can help you and your neighbors get prepared together so you can provide each other with moral support. Liz will give tips on how to get your neighbors involved in preparing their households. She will also review the PREP handout that we have been giving out at each workshop and the “Host Kit” for your first neighborhood meeting.

Speaker #2 – Mapping Your Neighborhood > Steve Bullock//Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management

Using the Map Your Neighborhood booklet, you and your neighbors can plan how to help each other effectively after a disaster. Steve will teach you how to use MYN to learn to work together as a team.

Speakers #3 – Block Connectors > Callie Jones, J’aime ona Pangaia, Kathleen Clarke

Connecting with your neighbors helps to build resilience!

Callie > What are some ways to connect to your immediate neighbors? Plan fun events to get to know each other: SEUL has block party info and funding, walking groups, coffee dates, potlucks, play dates, etc. Future discussion/round table to brainstorm what Block Connecting could be and how it would connect back to NET and the RNA.

Locals talk about what they are doing:

J’aime ona Pangaia > J’aime will explain the methods she used to get her neighborhood together and how it is working.

Kathleen Clarke > Kathleen will discuss the different types of people one might encounter in a neighborhood and show the maps her neighbors made with the MYN guidelines.

Speaker #4 – Neighborhood Emergency Teams > Jeremy Van Keuren – NET/Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

What are Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NET) and how do they function? Jeremy will discuss the opportunity for free training and the recent changes to NET and how members will interact with their own neighborhood. Jeremy will also explain/clarify the Communication Nodes card that we all received in the mail.

Hanmi Meyer will introduce herself as acting Richmond NET leader.


Workshop #3 > Siezmic Strengthening

Wednesday, July 10  –  6:30 pm-8:45 pm


Waverly Heights Congregational United Church

3300 SE Woodward Street, Portland, OR 97202

Schedule Overview:

  • 6:30-6:40 pm > Arrival – registration, browse tables
  • 6:40-6:50 pm > Introductions
  • 6:50-7:20 pm > Speaker #1 – Carmen Merlo/PBEM
  • 7:20-8:20 pm > Speaker #2 – Jim Nicks/BDS
  • 8:20-8:45 pm > Q+A
  • 8:45-9:00 pm > Browse tables, connect with neighbors

Speaker #1 – Securing Your Living Environment > Carmen Merlo / Director, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Carmen will walk us through a typical living/work space identifying what items need to be secured down and ideas on how to secure them. Carmen will show us how she secured her own living space and will speak to the Home Hazard Hunt diagram by FEMA that will be provided at the event.  This information will be useful to all; apartment/condo dwellers, house dwellers, landlords and business owners.

Speaker #2 – BDS Residential Seismic Strengthening Program > Jim Nicks /Inspection Services Manager, Bureau of Development Services

Jim will speak about foundation connections and cripple wall bracing methods. His presentation will last approximately 1 hour. Bring all of your questions because Jim is the person who will be able to provide you with the best possible answers!


Light snacks and beverages available.

All are welcome. Limited on-site parking. Wheelchair accessible.

The first Workshop is coming up!

Join us on June 1st, 9AM-12:30 at Central Christian Church for the first Richmond Emergency Preparedness Workshop! We’ll be talking about why you should have a plan, how to get started, and how to tap into local resources. You’ll see hands-on presentations, and check out tables where you can learn more and take a look at examples of materials.

The event is free and open to the public – bring your friends, family, and neighbors!

Got questions? Want to volunteer? Let us know!

Get Ready!

The Richmond Emergency Preparedness Workshops will kick off on Saturday, June 1st!  The series of four workshops will take place during June and July, and each one will be free and packed with information. Stay tuned for more details!