How to become a Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) member

Join more than 3,500 volunteers who are trained and prepared to respond in the event of a severe winter storm, flood, or major earthquake in Portland.

A group of volunteers in reflective orange jackets and red had hats stand on a Portland street corner with police officers and an ambulance in the background.

NET members often work directly with law enforcement to provide support.

Photo by @portlandbem

If Portland’s winter storms have taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. The same could be said about potential flooding or an earthquake in our region.

In the event of a major disaster, it’s possible that first-responders will be overwhelmed with calls, or even incapable of reaching you. Households, and entire neighborhoods, could become cut off. While it’s always good to be as prepared as possible to become self-sufficient, you can take heart knowing that rescuers with the city’s Neighborhood Emergency Teams will be ready to help when needed.

Each of the more than 3,500 volunteer members have received basic training from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to save lives and property until professionals arrive.

Free basic training is offered (28 hours over four Saturday sessions) and once you’re certified, the only requirement is 12 hours of volunteer time every calendar year.

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