Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node training – April 20

Hello Neighbors!

The Emergency Preparedness Committee is sponsoring a Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN) training class on Wednesday, April 20th from 7 – 8:15 pm at the Duniway School Library — 7700 SE Reed College Place.  The training is no cost and there are no prerequisites.

RSVP to ready@eastmoreland.org if you are interested in this training to become a BEECN volunteer.

What is BEECN?

BEECN stands for Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node.

A BEECN site is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or to report severe damage or an injury in your neighborhood.

The BEECN site for Eastmoreland is located at Duniway Elementary School, 7700
SE Reed College Way, at the east end of the school field. There is a locked metal cache which contains equipment needed to set up a BEECN site in the event of an earthquake.
Good things to know:

 

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA TO BE A BEECN VOLUNTEER?

  1. Live within walking or biking distance of a BEECN cache.
  2. Complete a criminal background check(at PBEM’s expense); active NET volunteers have already completed this step.
  3. Register in our volunteer database at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/559967.

Again, Active NET volunteers have already completed this step and should not register again.

 

WHAT IS THE VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT?

 

Each BEECN requires a team of eight volunteers minimum, with one volunteer acting as a cohort leader who organizes the rest of the volunteers. Each team is expected to:

  • Participate in a BEECN test once a year;
  • Unpack, inventory, and confirm the cache equipment is in working order once a quarter;
  • Make a site check of the cache once a monthto confirm that it is still secure.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about the BEECN program, go to their website at:
www.portlandoregon.gov/beecn.  The three-minute introduction video is recommended (the link is just under the map at the top of the page.

Thank you all for your ongoing interest in Emergency Preparedness!
Mary Huebner

Secretary, EPC