Public Safety Committee

Emergency Preparedness Fair

Sunday, March 3 from 12-4 pm
Multnomah Arts Center Dance Studio
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Emergency Preparedness Fair poster
Are You Ready?
At the Fair you'll find lots of information to help you prepare for emergencies. 
Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) will have preparedness demonstrations, water safety information, pet safety tips, and crowd safety/active shooter information. Door prizes, free samples and instructional knot tying will be featured too!

Presentations will be held in Room 10 of the Multnomah Arts Center

  • 12 pm - American Red Cross Prepare! presentation
  • 1 pm - Portland Water Bureau will discuss the vulnerability of Portland's water supply system in the event of an emergency.
  • 2 pm - Jay Raskin, Chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Committee will discuss the Oregon Resilience Plan
  • 3 pm - Bring water containers and learn how to treat water for long-term storage. Merilee Karr, with the S. Burlingame NET will show you what you need to know!

Also in attendance: American Red Cross, Andy and Bax, Cascadia Quake Kits, Costco, NW Natural Gas, NW Seismic, Oregon Humane Society, Portland Fire & Rescue, Franz Bakery Grilled Cheese Machine food truck.

Presented by SWNI's Public Safety Committee. 
Thank you to contributors: SWNI - Office of Community and Civic Life Neighborhood Small Grant, Andy and Bax, Cascadia Quake Kits, Costco, Franz Bakery, Target, and Tri-Met. 

Next Meeting

Thursday,February 7, 2018
7:00 pm
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30
7688 SW Capitol Hwy.

The Public Safety Committee meets on the first Thursday of the month, except August.  Come and Join us to plan events, discuss safety and crime prevention issues in our neighborhoods and work together to see what we can do about them. When possible, our local Portland Police officer, the Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez, and Crime Prevention Team members at the City of Portland Office of Community and Civic Life.

The committee will be hosting ian Emergency Preparedness Fair. Contact if you would like to help. see below

Confirm scheduled meetings in the Southwest Neighborhoods Calendar.

All meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, please contact. Carol Porto, Chair
Public Safety Committee


All NETS Volunteers and Team Leaders!

2019 Emergency Preparedness Fair

March 3, 2019 Sunday  noon-4om

Dance Studio Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy Portland 97219

****** Learn the up to date and LATEST info on how to protect and help ********

your families and neighbors in the event of a catastrophe!




Public Safety Committee
Meeting Documents on Google Drive
2019 PSC Meeting Documents
2018 PSC Meeting Documents
2017 PSC Meeting Documents
2016 PSC Meeting Documents
2015 PSC Meeting Documents



past event 2018

Community Policing Appreciation Night

Thank you to our sponsors and contributors to the 2018 Community Policing Appreciation Night on Oct 25th! We thank the generosity of Safeway and Costco. Thanks to our family and individual contributors. Thanks to the volunteers who helped with the event. Thanks to Bill Dant for providing music.

A BIG THANKS to all! A swell time was had by all.

Community Policing Appreciation Night photo album


Portland Fire & Rescue - Preventing Urban Wildfires


Many Thanks to Kim Kosmas, SR Public Education Officer of Portland Fire & Rescue for discussing summer fire safety tips with our committee in July. A lively discussion was had and very cool giveaways. Thanks! See Portland Fire & Rescue - Preventing Urban Wildfires video above.


Last year.  2018 Emergency Preparedness Fair

What a swell event we had this year! It was an all time turn-out. Thanks to everyone, volunteers, NETS, exhibitors, ONI Small Grants, Vendors and Donors!

Thank You to our event contributors: Andy and Bax, Cascadia Quake Kits, Costco, Fred Meyer - Burlingame, Target, UU Yogurt - Raleigh Hills, WinCo, SWNI ONI Neighborhood Small Grant.

SW Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) Preparedness demonstrations

  • Preparedness demonstrations
  • Water storage/safety/purification
  • Emergency food ideas
  • Demonstration of electricity and gas meter turn-off
  • Knot tying training
  • Pet safety
  • Emergency sanitation

Information/vendor tables:

  • Portland Water Bureau presentation (1-2 pm, Room #10 'Building a Resilient Water Supply System')
  • FEMA literature
  • NW Seismic demonstration
  • Portland Fire & Rescue fire safety
  • Cascadia Quake Kits
  • NW Natural Gas demonstrations - securing your water heater
  • Costco emergency roadside equipment
  • Kids' video and literature
  • American Red Cross literature

...and much more!
Franz Bakery  made grilled cheese sandwiches for all throughout the event, plus brought us cookies and over 200 loaves of bread!! Thanks! 

Grilled cheese truck

Door prizes were won: 72-hour food kits, water filters, battery operated lanterns, emergency food, gift cards, 5-gallon water jugs and so much more...


Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs)

NETs are with the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, see links below

Do you know what to do in the event of a disaster?   They say the BIG ONE is coming.......
Learn what you should have on hand, what you can do and how to survive by speaking with your local Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Find your neighborhood NET team on the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) team list

PBEM offers free NET training classes. Sign up at

For information contact Jeremy VanKeuren, Program Manager,

Want help in talking to kids about emergencies and disasters?


Public Safety Links and Phone Numbers


  • EMERGENCY report crimes in progress and immediate threats to life, property ..... 911 can also text to 911

  • Police Non-Emergency suspicious activity, crime that has already occurred ... 503-823-3333

  • Online Crime Reporting ...

Portland Parks & Recreation  
For threats to life or property or if a crime is in progress call 911
For non-emergency park-related security problems such as off-leash dogs, drug use or dumping trash call park rangers at (503) 823-1637 or police non-emergency at (503) 823-3333
For park maintenance such as graffiti or broken equipment call (503) 823-1600
For serious situations involving animals call Multnomah County Animal Control at (503) 248-3790
The main Portland Parks & Recreation number (503) 823-PLAY [7529]
City and county general information and referral number (503) 823-4000

Contact Information for Portland Parks & Recreation (pdf)


If you, family or friend are in crisis and/or need support  
Mental Health Crisis Line 24 hrs 503-988-4888
Call to Safety Crisis Line 24 hrs help for survivors of violence 503-235-5333
Drug and Alcohol Helpline 24 hrs 800-923-HELP
Domestic violence services
Multnomah County Aging, Disability and Veterans Helpline 24 hrs 503-988-3646
City/County Information and Referral for services 503-823-4000


  • PDX Reporter online reporting tool: Report graffiti, street light outages, debris in roadway, park maintenance issues, plugged storm drains, potholes,  campsites, sidewalk vegetation and trip hazards 

  • (503) 823-4094 Crime Prevention Team, Office of Community and Civic Life, Mark Wells, Sofia Chavez, email

  • Traffic Safety Line ( report traffic safety problem area).................503-823-SAFE

  • Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch..............503-823-4064

  • Oregon Attorney General Consumer Protection Hotline ( scams) ..............503-229-5576

  • Identity Theft prevention and recovery info

  • Police Locks Program ( free locks and spport to seniors and people w/ disabilities .........503-823-0723

  • WomenStrength self defense

  • Stolen Bike        or

  • Graffiti Abatement..........503-823-ATAG

  • Housing and nuisance code violations

  • Park Rangers.................503-823-1637

  • One Point of Contact Campsite Online  Reporting

  • Portland United Against Hate. A partnership of community concerned people, groups and the city to track, respond to and prevent hateful acts.      503-823-2294.

  • Multnomah County Animal Control.............503-988-7387

  • Resolutions NW neighborhood mediation ( free to Portland residents)...........503-595...4890

  • City Liquor Establishment Complaint

  • City Cannabis Complaint/Info Line .

  • Public Alerts Registry for Emergency

  • Noise

  • Parking Enforcement illegal parking, abandoned autos, info ...............503-823-5195

  • for more public safety resources in Portland, see

(503) 823-4094 Crime Prevention Team, Office of Community and Civic Life, Mark Wells, Sofia Chavez, email