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Southeast Neighbors Prepared

In a disaster, police, fire, and medical personnel will be overwhelmed and unable to immediately assist residents in our neighborhood. You and your neighbors will become your own first responders. That’s why we’ve developed a neighborhood specific disaster plan and are providing neighbors with training and assistance. We will need to support and care for one another until outside help arrives.

We want to help you become better prepared for the next snow storm, a possible wildfire in the south hills, and a Cascadia earthquake. We encourage everyone to acquire and maintain adequate food, water and other essential survival supplies for their households. We know how difficult this can be so we’d like to assist you with determining how best to accomplish this.  We can provide you with information for developing a family emergency plan, avoiding injury and minimizing damage to your home, and connecting you with nearby neighbors.

Southeast Eugene has a culture of resiliency and cooperation. If you are not already involved, you should not be left out.

As part of our disaster planning we’ve divided the neighborhood into ten areas. Each area has a designated coordinator who supports those residents (block captains) within their area who have taken on the responsibility of organizing their nearby neighbors.

Block captains have FRS radios so that their group of twenty or so households is connected with our communications network and through them to the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  Area coordinators can relay information about downed trees and power lines, injuries, and updates from block captains to other area coordinators and to the City’s EOC. They can, in turn, report back to block captains having identified needed skills and/or resources elsewhere in the neighborhood and when that assistance will arrive.

We have many trained volunteers but are looking for more insight, more ideas and more help. If we are going to be truly resilient, we will need to do it together. Regardless of your strengths or constraints, your preferences and dislikes, you are an asset.

If you would like more information about how to get help preparing your household or how you can best utilize your skill sets to help those nearby, please reach out to us.

For information about:

  • The coordinator or block captain in your area
  • The neighborhood disaster plan
  • Seismic retrofitting your home
  • Coordinating with your nearby neighbors

Contact David Monk at dmonk@efn.org

For information about:

  • Creating a family emergency plan
  • Creating an emergency kit
  • Protecting your home from wildfires like the ones that hit California

Contact Bianca McKinley at bianca.m@teamrubiconusa.org

For information about:

  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
  • The program and training schedule
  • The part CERTs play in the SEN disaster plan

Contact Don Metheny at don.metheny@gmail.com

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