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Two free earthquake trainings

This month FEMA is offering several earthquake related, all day trainings in Portland, OR.

Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage

When: Sept 17, 8am – 3pm

Bookshelves, copiers, TVs and refrigerators tethered to the wall? No? These are the kinds of non-structural hazards that can cause great harm to you, your employees or family and account for a majority of damage in several recent U.S. earthquakes. In this two-part class, learn to identify and reduce these hazards, then learn how to train others in your office, neighborhood, church or favorite non-profit to do the same. Click here to register.

Seismic Rehabilitation for One & Two-family Wood Frame Homes

Own or manage a single-family wood-frame house or duplex? This course will introduce you to the common effects of a large earthquake on your home. You will learn ways to reduce damage caused by earthquakes and increase the chances your home will be safe to inhabit after “The Big One” hits. This class is open to anyone, professional or otherwise, who would like to learn how to prepare their home and property against earthquake damage. Click here to register.

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Whole Earth Summit

Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple. – Bill Mollison

Join Geoff Lawton, Sepp Holzer, Brad Lancaster, Joel Salatin, Stacey Murphy, Janell Kapoor, Peter Bane and many others at the free online Whole Earth Summit, March 11-13, 2014. There will be 42 actionaries and visionaries envisioning a world that is regenerative, resilient  and reachable. Don’t miss this!    Go to:

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News release and updates

Resilience NW News Release (available for download)

Contact: Alice Busch – 971-563-3051


Portland, Oregon: ResilienceNW 2012, a partnership between Citizen Corps, Red Cross and FEMA, and funded through an Urban Area Securities Initiative Grant, is bringing more than 40 experts and 60 classes to Portland to share their knowledge, expertise, and experience in a regional conference. The $20 registration fee includes all conference days, networking events, and keynote lunches on Friday and Saturday.

OCTOBER 30TH to NOVEMBER 1ST – Sessions on Tuesday, October 30th through Thursday, November 1st are directed toward business owners and managers, and leaders in disaster preparedness with classes on basic business continuity and preparedness, and advanced medical response and long term recovery.

“This conference has been designed for the good old ‘boots on the ground’ person and people who want to know what preparedness is all about,” explains Alice Busch, conference planning team member. “One of my favorite aspects of this conference is the diversity of classes offered.  It makes it difficult to choose between them, but I am excited for the whole community involvement. I think this will be the best conference in the series.” 

NOVEMBER 2ND and 3RD – Friday and Saturday’s classes will engage the community at large, presenting the newest information on disaster response, pet and animal support, social media use during disasters, food security planning and disaster gardening solutions.

ResilienceNW 2012 will also offer opportunities to connect with regional and local citizen leaders in the disaster preparedness arena. Attendees are invited to join us on Friday, November 2nd from 5 PM to 8 PM in the Holiday Inn Atrium for the Networking Evening, with the Oregon Nurses Association, District 1,  sponsoring the refreshments. Preparedness vendors will be on hand and prizes will be given away every hour.

$20 registration fee includes all conference days, networking events, and keynote lunches on Friday and Saturday. Register early! The price will increase on October 19th and registration closes on October 26th.  Even with a capacity for 310, the conference is filling up quickly. Visit for session schedules, registration info, and more. 

Interested vendors: Visit and download a ‘Booth Request Form’.


E-mail: [email protected]



Sponsored by FEMA, The American Red Cross, Citizen Corps and Oregon Nurses Association, District 1.

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Download the flyer and share with your friends.

When it comes to protecting your business, you have as much responsibility to your employees and their families as you do for the bottom line. How you prepare in advance for emergencies and disasters determines whether you and your business survive or become one of the 40% of companies that never recover from a catastrophe.

Click here to register for the conference.

In this day long, two part workshop, you’ll learn the skills to get you on the road to weathering any type of emergency, from  a power outages, to a computer virus attack, equipment failure, theft, flooding, accidental damage or a big earthquake.

Morning session, 4 hours – Preparedness Planning for Your Business and Staff. The American Red Cross and

What do you do if an employee is having a heart attack? Who would respond to a life threatening injury to a visitor in your office? How will you communicate and reconnect with your staff after a disaster? Do your employees know what to do during and after an earthquake?

In this four hour workshop, we’ll introduce you to the part of business continuity you may be missing—Preparedness Planning for your business and staff.

1. Preparedness planning as part of a resilient and sustainable organization. Learn how to identify hazards, both natural and man-made where you work and live, and the impact a disaster could have on you, your business and your community. See how a few simple first steps in preparedness can have a huge impact on safety and team spirit, and in ways beyond he office you may not realize.

2. Business Case study: A hands on example of how disaster can affect a business. 

3. Ready Rating Self Assessment. The Ready Rating program from the America Red Cross is an easy to understand and realistic first step in helping a business prepare for and respond to a disaster and other workplace emergencies. You’ll learn how to use the program and then get hands guidance on to begin a review of your current preparedness level.

4. Emergency supplies in a disaster. In preparing for a disaster, a business should be equipped to provide basic necessities for all employees for a minimum of three days, including food, water, first aid, and sheltering supplies that may become essential in an emergency.  We’ll show you how to build and maintain an emergency kit, and how to customize it for specific disasters you might face in you area.

5. Creating your disaster personality. Learn how to manage the psychological and emotional stress caused by a crisis or emergency. We’ll do some group exercises that will help reinforce these concepts.

Afternoon session, 4 hours – Business Continuity Planning:  The Show Must Go On. April Lawless, Coordinated Consulting Services  and the Oregon Small Business Development Center.

In this 4 hour workshop, you’ll learn the basics of Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and the benefits to your business.  Good BCPs will assist you in keeping the business running through disruptions including power failures, IT system crashes, natural disasters, supply chain problems, staff shortages and more.

 1. Business Impact Analysis Workshop. This workshop will give you the opportunity to identify the most critical functions and processes of your business through a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) process.  This process assists a business in determining which parts of the business should be restored first during any interruption in service.

2. Key Components of a BCP. The presentation will outline the key components of an overall Business Continuity Plan including: Succession Planning, Alternate Locations, Redundant Communications, Notification Procedures, Technology Dependencies, and Vendors and Supply Chain Issues.

3. The legal and financial considerations of business continuity, from the Oregon Small Business Development Center. The legal issues involved in business contingency planning are some of the most misunderstood and confusing aspects of the entire process of creating a disaster recovery plan. Disaster recovery planners are not expected to be lawyers. However, they are responsible for understanding the existing regulatory guidelines and the legal consequences of their company’s failure to implement an effective disaster recovery plan.

4. Services offered by the Oregon Small Business Development Center, Questions and discussion.

 Click here to register for the conference.



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The Prepared Home – Avoiding Crime in the Aftermath of Disaster

Sara McClurg

This presentation will demonstrate how the design of homes, access control, natural surveillance, transitional zones, hard targeting and other concepts can make your home less likely to be vulnerable to crime before and after a natural disaster. By using CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) strategies, you can substantially reduce the chance you will fall prey to crime. CPTED theory is a blend of psychological and mechanical tactics that can make your home appear less attractive to would be criminals. We will discuss how proper security, lighting, locks and window latches can keep your home safe. We will also discuss how physical design of landscaping, paving, and low walls can create territorial influence that offenders will recognize. You may never look at the environment the same way again.

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Let’s get prepared! We’ve got just the folks to help.

ResilienceNW 2012, a community-focused disaster conference open to the public, represents a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, Oregon Food Bank Providence Hospital, Fire, Police and Emergency Management Agencies, Portland Community College, and many other individuals and organizations.

Want to learn the hows and whys about building resilient and prepared famlies, neighborhoods, businesses and communities?

What are our chances of getting a really big, Japan size earthquake in the Pacific northwest? What other disasters can happen in the PNW? Did somebody say zombies?

Why are communications and social media so important in an emergency?

How do we prepare with pets, disabled or elderly family members? Can you train your brain to help you do the right thing in a disaster?

Tuesday, October 29 through Thursday, October 31st:                                                 You can attend a full day pre-conference session on how to prepare a Business Contingency and Disaster Readiness Plan and Company will be offered from Tuesday, November 2nd through Thursday, November 4th, including _______.

Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd:                                                                  The official conference will be held on Friday the 5th and Saturday the 6th, when nearly 40 sessions will convene to learn about disaster preparedness, response, and resilience.

“This conference has been designed for the good ole ‘boots on the ground’ type of person and offers practical skills training that will be invaluable during all phases of a disaster,” Alice Busch, Conference Planning Team member. “One of my favorite aspects of this conference is the broad spectrum of classes offered. It makes it difficult to choose between them, but I am excited for the Wilderness First Aid course this year, as well as the classes on youth and whole community involvement. I think this will be the best conference in the series.”

In addition to the expert lectures and class sessions, Citizen Corps 2012 will also offer opportunities to connect with like-minded first responders. The Networking

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