Last Saturday, more than 100 neighbors and other Portland residents gathered for Sustainable Overlook’s second annual Resilience Summit, co-sponsored with the Overlook Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) on the theme of preparedness. The morning began with a terrific keynote presentation “Surviving a 9.0: Lessons from Chile and Japan,” by geotechnical engineer Allison Pyrch.
That excellent – and sobering – presentation was followed by four speakers: Captain Corey Wilson from Station 24 spoke about Portland Fire & Rescue’s response strategy after a big seismic event; Ernie Jones from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Preparedness spoke about PBEM’s NET and BEACON programs; Mitch Bixby (Overlook NET team lead) reviewed our team’s efforts; and Leslee Lewis Overlook NET lead and Sustainable Overlook spoke about the map your neighborhood block preparedness program and preparing your own home.
After a terrific lunch catered by New American Restaurant, there was more information and conversation at tables for NET, Phlush (the 4-bucket Emergency Waste System) and Thrive (freeze-dried foods); and an area with some ideas for your emergency food and supply stash. The day wound up with four more presentations: Emergency Radio Communications by John Beaston, Staging Areas and How They Work by Mitch Bixby, Food Prep Using Freeze-Dried Foods by Angie Smith, and Knowing Your Neighbors and Mapping Your Block by Josh Cabot.
There was plenty of food for thought, and neighbors went home with some concrete ideas on how to increase their preparedness. Luck favors the prepared.
Spring is in the air! Flowers are blooming, birds are singing and building nests and kids are playing outside as the days lengthen. As neighbor’s thoughts turn towards their gardens, it’s also the time of year when a lot of pesticide use occurs. Help make our neighborhoods safer by practicing natural gardening methods and talking with your neighbors about toxic chemicals like ‘weed n’ feed’ and Roundup. Show your support for healthy neighborhoods by hanging up a lady bug lawn sign. It’s free! Sign up here if you live in Overlook Neighborhood.
If you live in another Portland Metro areas, go to Metro’s site to take the Healthy Lawn and Garden Pledge and get natural gardening info.