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

ENA meeting this Thursday, March 17 – New time, new location

The monthly meeting of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association will take place this Thursday, March 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Room 320 of the Performing Arts Building at Reed College, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Please note the earlier start time and the different location.

Most of this meeting will be devoted to presentations by three consulting firms with experience in helping establish neighborhood historic districts. An additional ENA meeting is likely to be scheduled, sometime in late March, to decide whether to pursue a neighborhood historic district and hire one of the consultant firms.

A copy of the meeting packet, which includes the meeting agenda, can be downloaded here. (Note: the packet does not include materials from the presenting consulting firms. Those materials will be provided at the meeting.)

This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

ENA meeting this Thursday, Feb. 18

The next monthly meeting of the Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association will take place this Thursday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Duniway School Library. The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

A copy of the agenda meeting packet can be downloaded here. This month’s meeting will include a discussion of the 2016 ENA budget and updates on a potential historic district designation, the city’s comprehensive plan development, and other topics.

We hope you can join us!

ENA Meeting this Thursday, Jan. 21

The first Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association meeting of 2016 will take place this Thursday, January 21, from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the Duniway School library, 7700 SE Reed College Place.

A copy of the meeting packet, including an agenda, treasurer’s report and previous meetings’ minutes, can be downloaded here.

Among other topics, this month’s meeting will include a discussion of the potential development of an historic district for Eastmoreland.

This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Update, Jan. 20: The meeting packet has been updated to include information about historic districts. See pages 21 through 40 of the updated packet.

ENA President McCullough: Comp plan process lacks real input

The Dec. 29 edition of the Portland Tribune includes an opinion piece authored by Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association President Robert McCullough expressing concern about public engagement and input relating the proposed City of Portland comprehensive plan update.

A copy of the op-ed article can be found here.