This is why we have been working hard to get people prepared.. Make sure you have MORE than 72 hours worth of supplies.. You can actually get to.. Check out a portland business that is working to help you with that.. Portland Preparedness Center.. http://www.getreadyportland.com they know whats really coming and are willing to tell you the truth about it.. This weekend at king school There is a preparedness event FREE to anyone called Resilience PDX http://www.facebook.com/events/36544908684…
What this article is missing is HOW to get ready for this.. You can go to the http://www.portlandonline.com/oem/ for more info there is also now a Preparedness Store in Portland http://www.getreadyportland.com that has 72 hour kits and more.. Take NET/CERT classes learn how to help your neighbors!
As a NET I can tell you that the HIGHLY doubt there are 300 physically able people who are part of this program. I have met with many, lets try being honest.. Our program and its "active" participants are elderly and disabled.. There are a handful of active participants I would trust are physically able to perform light search and rescue and those people are spread out across the metro program.. I have talked to CERT leaders from around the country and around the state and the city of Portland should be ashamed of its program just as much as the participants are. Members have been citing problems for YEARS and it has gone to blank stares and deaf ears. This city is facing a major earthquake science proves that.. FEMA and Citizen Corps has made training available that other cities have truly taken advantage of. We have willing people in this city who want to be part of a team and want to be ready to support their community and we just cant make that happen with two training sessions a year.. We should be holding them twice a month.. Actively promoting the program and seeking out new young and able people. We could look towards high schools and colleges, we could take advantage of the core group of people we have, we have members who have completed degrees in emergency management, search and rescue volunteers, technology and communications specialists, certified red cross instructors and a myriad of other people who could help this program a wonderful program.. Yet the city continues to tie our hands with constant "No's" Bureaucratic dogma and excuses about budget.. Many of our well trained volunteers have thrown their hands up and walked away, walked to other agencies, other programs, started their own preparedness consultation businesses, retail businesses, published books.. or simply retired from the program.. when approached about this article i declined to comment but given the afterthought I really should have spoken up about how broken this program is.. And Ethan is correct "they will say it's not the bureau's place to go to city council and rattle sabers and scare the citizenry about disasters. " But the truth is as Taxpaying citizens it IS our place.. We can spend over a million dollars on police to poke protesters but we cant spend more then $30,000 on our volunteer emergency responder program.. Does that sound right to you?
NET Team leader with 26 people in his team.. 4 of which he has ever gotten a return email or phone call from..
I should state that again, YOU = WestLinnMarching are why we as a general population hate the existence of west linn. I would have rather lived across from Lake O!
And you are why we hate West Linn
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