Emergency Preparedness-Crime Prevention

SWHRL is eager to help neighbors organize for emergencies. To that end we've set up a special E-mail address for those interested in preparedness: SWHRLneighborhoodprep@gmail.com

SWHRL Public Safety Committee - 2017: swhrl.safety@gmail.com*

Kim Silverman - Committee Chair

Sarah Flanagan

Ray Garcia (NET - Neighborhood Emergency Team)

*Please email us your public safety concerns.


Emergency preparedness hand-outs are available from the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management: https://multco.us/em
See also the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/2898

Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Westside Community Resource Officer is Deputy Darren Taber.

August 2017

Following is a crime report from Luke, homeowner in the Gander Ridge area at SHWRL’s eastern edge (near PSU, below SW Cardinell, above I-405 in the overlap between SWHRL and Goose Hollow neighborhoods).


Gander Ridge neighbors gathered August 2 to discuss persistent illegal camping, crime and drug issues. Joining the local neighbors were Crime Prevention Coordinator Jacob Brostoff, from the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI), representatives from Pavilion Construction, who are building a new apartment complex for PSU there, SWHRL Public Safety Chair Kim Silverman, and Nancy Seton, SWHRL Co-President. The meeting’s intent was for neighbors to get to know one another and find ways to increase their security. 


Luke, SW 10th Ave: “Street crime and drug selling activity is exploding in our little neighborhood area off SW Park Ave.  Those of us who live here are now witnessing drug sales almost daily along Clifton, all hours.  A camp immediately behind the construction site of College Housing NW is all women, last count around 9, and is involved in active sex trade (for protection, food, drugs, and money).  Car break-ins and property theft are routine.  Attempted car theft (hot wire) occurred yesterday.  Human waste, needles, bandages, alcohol wipes, and discarded clothing are prevalent.”   


Some of this crime may well have been spreading up the hill deeper into SWHRL. Efforts to get relief from Portland Police and ODOT have so far not yielded results, though PSU Campus Public Safety has been engaged. Now, informed by neighbors’ online reports of illegal campsites and drug activity via ‘PDXReporter.org’, and phoned-in crime reports, the City is collecting crime data and offering some suggestions. Gander Ridge neighbors agreed to organize a neighborhood watch, and intensify their crime reporting efforts.


Community-police liaison Jacob Brostoff offers the following tips:

·       ONI’s Crime Prevention Program provides education, training, problem solving, and community organizing, including Neighborhood Watch training (with Mark Wells).

·       Report campsite-related problems using PDXReporter.org. You create an individual account on the site to report what you are experiencing.

·       For most impact each neighbor should report what they experience each time, even as other neighbors report the same crime/incident.

·       If life or property are in immediate danger, or a crime is in progress, call 911.

·       If you see a dangerous open fire, e.g. in relation to a homeless camp, report it as a public safety issue, not as a ‘homeless’ issue. Mention a fire, not a homeless camp.

·       Note: 911 is very short-staffed (12 hour shifts with 2 hours of mandatory overtime). Lobby City Council for more funding to reduce wait times.

·       To report crimes no longer in progress, call the non-emergency line (503) 823-3333 and dial “0” immediately.

·       To report a suspected drug house: 503-823-DRUG

·       SWHRL is part of the police Central Precinct, which has 15-20 officers.

Our contact: Nick Newby 503-823-4181

·       For issues on ODOT property call 1-888-Ask-ODOT or 1-888-275-6368 x4

or go to https://highway.odot.state.or.us/cf/comments/comments.cfm

·       Start a Neighborhood Watch: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/62587

Contact Crime Prevention Coordinator Mark Wells at 503-823-2781 or mailto:mark.wells@portlandoregon.gov


*Jenni Pullen: jenni.pullen@portlandoregon.gov Phone: 503-823-4257

Crime Prevention, Community-Police Liaison for SWHRL and other SW neighborhoods

Jacob Brostoff  jacob.brostoff@portlandoregon.gov 503-823-5852 (office)

Crime Prevention Coordinator

Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI)


Use PDX reporter to report campsites & other issues with the city:

PDX reporter provides an important way to interact with the city concerning problems or issues with publicly maintained infrastructure. PDX reporter allows you to report illegal campsites, potholes, park maintenance, and clogged street drains.



Reporting on campsites allows the city to track and prioritize sites that need to be cleared.

There is also a dedicated site for reporting campsites, where you can provide more detailed information:



Planning for Resilience & Emergency Preparedness

What’s PREP?

PREP provides practical information on getting ready for any potential emergency, from storms and power outages to floods and earthquakes. This information will help you and your neighbors to make it through on your own, since authorities may be overwhelmed and unable to respond promptly after a major disaster.

PREP offers step-by-step tips, with printable checklists and links to more information. PREP has four steps to readiness:

  1. Get Prepared: What to know, what to have on hand, what to do ahead of time
  2. Get Prepared with Your Neighbors: How to help your neighbors get ready
  3. Get Organized: Make a plan with your neighbors for helping each other after the disaster
  4. Get Confident: Keep current and learn new skills by practicing together

On October 26, SWHRL hosted a well-attended Emergency Preparedness presentation by Alice Busch, EMT, CEM, Training and Exercise Coordinator for the Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management. Our main take-away was "Get to know your neighbors!" Each of us has special skills to help our neighbors. We are each other's safety lifelines.

A useful tool we learned about is the Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program, which guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. The program focuses on a train-the-trainer model, where a neighborhood participant attends the training led by an emergency management official and is given information on how to facilitate an emergency planning meeting in his or her neighborhood.

Program Overview: 
1. Learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster to secure your home and protect your neighborhood. 

2. Identify the skills and equipment each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster response. 

3. Create a neighborhood map showing the locations of natural gas meters and propane tanks (about 67% of house fires following disasters are caused by leaking gas) and other areas of concern; and the locations of each neighbor who may need extra help in a disaster,such as the elderly, persons with disabilities, or children who are home alone during certain times of the day. 

4. Pick locations for a Neighborhood Gathering Site and Neighborhood Care Center.