Parents and Schools


Parents4Preparedness (P4P) is an informal network of parents and community members who are concerned about school safety in relation to earthquake risk. We aim to share preparedness efforts happening at schools in a way that will allow others to replicate the efforts at their own schools.

Wherever your school is in the preparedness process, we hope that you can work with parents in this network to further your efforts. We welcome you to engage in any way that you find useful: use our Basecamp website to access best practices documents or reach out to the group for advice, share experiences in our face-to-face meetings, and/or work with individual group members to advance public education, political advocacy, and school preparedness efforts.

In-Person Meetings:

Please join us to discuss K-12 school preparedness. We meet in person every two months during the school year. We often have guests join us, including preparedness experts, representatives from PPS, Neighborhood Emergency Team members, and elected officials.

For the 2017-2018 school year, we’ll meet 2nd Tuesdays at the following times. Contact a group leader (see below) for information about meeting locations, and let us know if you have something to add to the agenda.

September 12, 6:30-8pm
November 14, 11am-12:30pm
January 9, 6:30-8pm
March 13, 11am-12:30pm
May 8, 6:30-8pm

Online Discussion:

Between meetings and during the summer, we use to communicate and share documents. We welcome your participation, even if you’re unable to attend our in-person meetings. Complete our online form to request access or contact our Basecamp Coordinator (see below) with questions.

2017-2018 Leadership:

We welcome those who want to take on an active role in the facilitation of the group. All roles are voluntary and rotation is encouraged.

Co-Facilitator: Holly Cook (
Holly is a Sunnyside Elementary parent. She helped initiate and coordinate a reunification drill and non-structural hazard mitigation (furniture strapping) at the school.

Co-Facilitator: Laura Hall (
Laura is a future Chief Joe Elementary parent, an earthquake preparedness instructor at Portland Community College, and Team Leader for the Arbor Lodge / Kenton Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). She is an advisory board member for the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, and has spent her career working as a Program Manager in education and technology. 

Basecamp Coordinator: Kylie Kallio (
Kylie is an Irvington School parent, member of the Irvington NET, and the Irvington Community Association’s Disaster Preparedness group. She helped initiate and coordinate non-structural hazard funding and mitigation (furniture strapping) at the school. Professionally, she has spent her career in online marketing, communications, and project management since the early days of the Internet.

Advocacy Adviser: Ted Wolf (
Ted is a former PPS parent and and co-founder of P4P. He is also the co-founder of Oregon Parents for Quake-Resistant Schools, an initiative that lobbied for state investment in earthquake safety retrofits. His advocacy has aimed to strengthen Oregon’s Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, establish a statewide Office of School Facilities, pass local school bond measures (PPS in 2012 and 2017, Seaside in 2016), and raise awareness about natural hazard safety and schools (FEMA P-1000, Safer, Stronger, Smarter, June 2017).

Advocacy Adviser: Otto Schell (
Otto is a former PPS parent and a Legislative Advocate for the Oregon PTA. He contributed to Measure 26-193, a $790M bond, which passed in May 2017 and will contribute greatly to the seismic safety of Portland Public Schools.

Special Adviser: Susan Romanski (
Susan is an Atkinson Elementary parent and co-founder of P4P. She helped initiate and coordinate a reunification drill for Aktinson and has worked in the preparedness field professionally. She is the US Director of Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience for Mercy Corps and a member of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission (OSSPAC). Susan has worked in humanitarian relief operations in Iraq, Liberia, Sri Lanka, Darfur, Iran, and Pakistan.

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