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Disaster Preparedness

Scientists estimate a 37% chance of a magnitude 9.0+ Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake occurring off the Oregon coast some time in the next 50 years. The earthquake will have a profound affect on our community, and most of us will be relying entirely on our neighbors for help in the minutes, hours, and weeks after it hits. Professional responders will be overwhelmed and unable to get to us. The combined Arbor Lodge / Kenton Neighborhood Emergency Team (ALK NET) is working hard to prepare for this earthquake and other potential disasters such as flooding, wildfires, etc. We hope to make our community more resilient.


Sign up for PublicAlerts so you know when an emergency is happening in Multnomah County. PublicAlerts sends information about how to stay safe during an emergency. It can send messages by text, email, or voice message. It's available for anyone who lives, works, or visits the Portland-Vancouver Region. Personal information is kept secure and private. The service is free, but message and data rates may apply depending on your phone provider.

The Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Program

The Neighborhood Emergency Team program (NET) is organized by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). NET members are volunteers who are trained by Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their neighborhoods. Volunteers are trained to save lives and property. Anyone who lives or works in Portland can take NET training, which includes light search and rescue, basic disaster medicine and triage, radio communications, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and trauma intervention. After completing basic training, NET members receive access to free advanced training and practice opportunities. NET training is superb, and we can’t recommend it highly enough. Not everyone has the time or desire to join the program, but that doesn’t mean they can’t contribute. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend team meetings and connect with the ALK NET’s team leaders to ask questions. Our community needs your participation! Visit the Arbor Lodge / Kenton NET’s website to contact us and learn more about what we’re up to. Your participation and questions are welcome!

Neighborhood Emergency Team

Explore the website to learn how you can:

  • Prepare yourself, your family, and your neighbors 

  • Get training, volunteer, and connect via social media 

  • Communicate via two-way radio after a disaster 

  • Find out which emergency preparedness products we recommend 

  • Get involved in K-12 school preparedness 

  • Find out the many ways in which you can contribute 

  • Subscribe to our blog 

  • And much more 

Make sure to visit the Arbor Lodge / Kenton NET’s team page.

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