Please join the Sabin Community Association on Monday, May 14 for its spring annual meeting with guest speaker Scott Burns, as he talks about Portland's geology and Oregon's past and future earthquakes. Burns is a professor Emeritus of geology and past chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University. He has been the recipient of a number of awards for outstanding teaching and his work in geology, including the Outstanding Scientist for Oregon for 2014 from the Oregon Academy of Sciences.
In addition to a lively discussion, SCA invites community members to join us for pizza, snacks, and meeting new neighbors at the Sabin School auditorium (4013 NE 18th Ave). Dinner and mingling begins at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m. SCA Board elections will take place after the talk, at approximately 8:15 p.m., and all are welcome to attend.
In order to provide sufficient seating and refreshments, please RSVP to the Facebook event. No RSVP is required, however, to attend.
by Michael Burnham
If a major earthquake were to rattle Portland, emergency responders would not be able to reach all neighborhoods immediately. Where would you seek help? How would you help your neighbors? Which hazardous areas of your neighborhood would you avoid?
This spring, a team of Portland State University students studying urban planning is working with the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods to develop a disaster preparedness plan for north and northeast Portland. Deliverables will include maps of community assets and vulnerabilities; criteria for selecting neighborhood disaster communications hubs; and ideas for how NECN and its constituent neighborhood associations could engage and educate citizens about preparedness.
People who live or work in north or northeast Portland can weigh in by taking a survey at http://solidground.necoalition.org. We are also inviting residents and workers to attend one of our open houses:
1) Suggesting organizations or groups in the area that have the capacity to provide shelter, food, health support, logistics support, or other basic needs in the event of a disaster.
2) Identifying key focal points in our neighborhood that would be interested in being involved in this project (such as a current NET member or someone with an interest in disaster preparedness). The time commitment is nominal and will consist of attending a fun social event/simulation twice per year.
If you are interested in getting involved, the project coordinator Arif Khan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-810-5247.