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.
Overlook Resilience Summit
Preparation: Where Resilience Begins
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Following up on last year’s sustainability summit held at Beach School, Sustainable Overlook is partnering with Overlook’s Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) and Multnomah County’s Schools Uniting Neighborhoods program to present a second summit that will focus on resilience. This is an open invitation for neighbors to come together and discuss how we can prepare our homes for the unexpected, connect more closely as neighbors to serve as mutual safety nets, and adapt to changing conditions using specific plans that are being collectively-developed by NET (Neighborhood Emergency Teams). Mark your calendars now and click here for details!
Learn more about urban weeds and rain gardens
Registration is now open for free and practical how-to workshops on rain gardens, native plants and urban weeds. Workshops are offered through the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and community partners. Three workshops will be held in the North Portland Neighborhood Services area:
In Overlook (at Trillium Charter School, 5420 N Interstate Ave)
- Urban Weeds, Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
- Rain Gardens 101, Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9 to 1 p.m.
In Cathedral Park (at BES Water Pollution Control Lab, 6543 N Burlington Ave)
- Native Plants, Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration is required. For more detail and to register online visithttp://emswcd.org/workshops-and-events/upcoming-workshops/. Additional questions? Call 503-935-5368.
Yard Sale and Free Share 2015 is coming up soon!
Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19.
Over 50 households participate in this fun annual event. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors – and reduce, reuse and recycle! We have online registration this year that is open now. Households that sign up will be marked on the map and on our website, and in published listings. Suggested donation $10 to cover printing and advertising costs.
The map will be available here July 15th so you can plan your treasure hunting route!
More info and registration HERE.