BEECN - Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Network
A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communications Node (BEECN) is a place to go in Portland neighborhoods after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance, or to report severe damage or injury. Started in 2017 and managed by the City of Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM).
BEECN members rely on amateur radio systems (HAM) and hand held radios connected to Portland's Emergency Coordination Center (ECC). In the aftermath of an earthquake, volunteers or city employees will proceed to one of 50 BEECN sites spread throughout the city. Each BEECN has an equipment cache associated with it which the volunteers will deploy. BEECN volunteers use a handheld radio in the cache to talk with an amateur radio operator at the nearest fire station. While BEECN nodes have a small cache of supplies, BEECNs are intended as communication points only. The BEECN program relies on the help of volunteers to succeed. Volunteers and community partners keep the BEECN caches secure, periodically test the equipment, offer program feedback to PBEM, and will be the neighbors their communities rely on to help facilitate effective communication following an earthquake.
2018 BEECN Volunteers: Tom Hickey, Doozy Rotharmel, Ann Howell, Gary Kuntz, Bridget Bayer
NET - Neighborhood Emergency Team
Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by PBEM and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. NET members are trained to save lives and property until professional responders can arrive. These volunteers are specially trained to help others without putting themselves in harm’s way.