Welcome to Centennial NET! Neighborhood Emergency Teams (NETs) are Portland residents trained by Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods. In Centennial, we implement a community resilience approach to preparedness and response.
Centennial NET meets monthly, and we welcome all attendees! You do not have to be a trained NET to meet with us. Living, working, or playing in Centennial (or even a next-door neighborhood) works for us. We especially welcome folks from Glenfair, Gresham’s Centennial neighborhood, Pleasant Valley, and Rockwood.
Our meetings usually take place Thursdays from 6-7:30 pm at Parklane Reformed Church, 16001 SE Main Street, Portland, Oregon 97233. Visit our public calendar for the latest schedule information, or send us an email. The dates planned for 2023 are:
Once each quarter, instead of a regular monthly meeting, we hold a joint meeting with the following “Far East” teams: Argay-Parkrose, Hazelwood-Mill Park, Powellhurst-Gilbert, Taborvilla, Rocky Butte West, and Lents. We also field a team for the two annual Citywide Deployment Exercises, which are usually on a Saturday in May and November.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
First, if you’re interested in becoming a trained NET, get signed up! It takes some time, but it’s worth it.
Besides NET training and meetings, there are other ways you can contribute.
- Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram, or join our group on Nextdoor, or email us to sign up for our team Google Group.
- Organize your block. Use the Map Your Neighborhood program or contact us about other opportunities to organize your immediate neighbors.
- Volunteer for the City of Portland’s BEECN Program. This is an excellent way to participate without much time commitment.
- Follow the PortlandPrepares.org blog and Facebook Group.
- If there’s another way you’d like to contribute, let us know.
You’re invited to participate on the Community Engagement Committee, a working group dedicated to achieving Centennial NET’s Outreach, Community Resilience, and Team Development goals. Activities may include but likely won’t be limited to:
- Participating in committee meetings
- Defining success criteria and strategy
- Making direct connections with NETs, community leaders, and neighbors
- Representing Centennial NET on social media
- Representing Centennial NET at community events
Active NET status, experience with communications, or existing community relationships are helpful, but not required. We are looking for interested folks that can commit to an average of 1 hour a week for at least 6 months.
We are also looking for someone interested in a committee chair role, that would be willing to commit to the role for 1 year. The committee chair should be an Active NET.