October Ready Southeast Report
Exercise and Evaluation Program: 34 participants in the October Second Sunday at Seven (SSS) radio drill. Prepare neighborhood transportation communication exercise in support of all-city communication drill associated with Great Shake Out.
ICS Coordination Support: We helped the Spring Boulevard group of nearby neighbors get organized (brought together by 82-year-old Margot). It’s one of the larger groups with 28 households. Given the distance from one end of Spring Boulevard to the other, they’ve created a communications team and plan on having three or more neighbors with radios. Larry and David are working with the team leader to assume the AC role in Area 8. Prep for COAD Holiday Farm Fire consultant interview; share slide deck on COAD use of ICS structure during Recovers.org data interchange.
PIO Training & Practice. Produce two stories from SHiNA presentation on Sierra Anderson, new city emergency manager, and Cary Lieberman at Greenhill Humane Society. Attend UO / Lane County summit Oct 30-31 on long term recovery, reporting on the session with the new state director of Department of Emergency Management, praising new Deputy Director (and former Lane County Emergency Manager) Patence Winningham.
Time Bank: Presentation to River Road Community Organization (RRCO) board on time banks.
Neighbors participate in Great ShakeOut Oct. 19, metro-wide field exercise Oct. 21
The Great Oregon ShakeOut was held Oct. 19. On the Saturday following the ShakeOut, Eugene Springfield CERTs conducted the third annual city-wide EmComm exercise, with an important role for neighborhood survey teams. A new plan EmComm plan was used this year, with a new primary EOC frequency.
FEMA’s “Whole Community” approach recognizes that everyone has a role in preparing for those times when demand for first responders exceeds the supply. Based on guidance from FEMA through its CERT and Map Your Neighborhood programs, we conduct large-scale field exercises in the spring and fall each year.
The spring drill is for our neighborhood, and the fall drill is for the entire city. For example, on the morning of May 20, 2023, we asked organized Map Your Neighborhood groups to post HELP/OK signs at their homes for survey teams to collect that information. Block captains met at their area’s emergency supplies lockbox to check available supplies. In the subsequent discussions, neighbors recommended the addition of many new items and supplies in their area boxes. Committee Chair David Monk and the Ready SE committee are now seeking city grant funding to obtain recommended items that qualify for funding.
The fall drills in October use the new large-format neighborhood and area maps provided by the City of Eugene to inform neighbors of blocked roads and to map alternate evacuation routes based on real-time transportation updates.
Join us and meet your nearby Southeast Neighbors. Contact your block captain and sign up for the exercise online.
If your nearby neighbors are not already organized, we can help you get started. Contact David Monk by email or (541) 972-3867.
Review your earthquake preparedness
Ready Southeast (SEN Disaster Preparedness) Committee meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM
Second Sunday at 7 PM radio communications drill.
You can share your volunteer interests here.
Information : SENeighborsPrepared@gmail.com
Wildfire Home Assessment and Checklist: https://www.eugene-or.gov/DocumentCenter/View/42278/wildfire-checklist_IBHS
Wildfire Home Assessment and Checklist – Online version created by the Neighborhood Leaders Council: https://forms.gle/L5dxYmBQ2SiC7WA97
Ready Southeast Eugene
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, assistance, and other resources. 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 next Volunteer Orientation, please email SENeighborsPrepared@gmail.com. The Volunteer Orientation includes an overview of the following Disaster Preparedness programs, trainings, and exercises:
- Creating a family emergency plan and emergency kit
- Southeast Neighbors Disaster Plan
- Coordinating and training with your nearby neighbors
- Emergency radio communications training and practice
- Improving your home’s ability to endure a wildfire
- Evacuation preparation and practice
- Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
- First-Aid for Citizens
- Psychological First Aid for Citizens
- Upcoming training and exercises
To get involved, please share your interests in the Volunteer Survey.
Ready SE is participating in Ready Eugene and released a summary about the new wildfire risks cities face due to climate change.
Each individual presentation is also available in its entirety:
- Fire Chief Chris Heppel
- Deputy Fire Chief Amy Linder
- FUSEE Executive Director Tim Ingalsbee
- Questions from the audience
- Tom Peck and Mike Beasley
- Katie Gibble and Amanda Rau
For more information or to volunteer with Ready SE, the Southeast Neighbors preparedness committee, please contact David Monk, or call (541) 972-3867.