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June NET newsletter
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Hi folks,
Lots of stuff here, some from Jeremy Van Keuren, our noble PBEM NET coordinator. Please note that I had to move our June meeting to the 21st (back one week) due to Q Center availability.
Thank you all for your passion, dedication and time!
- Katy Wolf, NET Team Lead
katyewolf@gmail.com  | 208-870-2446
Next NET Meeting
Tuesday June 21 
7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Q Center
  • Note: This was originally 6/14, but was moved back one week due to scheduling conflict
  • Facebook event link
  • Agenda:
    • BEECN program and volunteer presentation and BEECN box show and tell from PBEM BEECN Coordinator, Ernie Jones. (More background on BEECNs below)
    • DIY seismic retrofitting your foundation presentation from David Jahns and Colin Steeves, who have been there, done that.
Check out our Operations Plan
Our Operations Plan is intended to be a working document that everyone can contribute to. Anyone may edit, i.e. add relevant information, add questions (in bold), or even add whole new sections, as they see fit. To keep this document manageable, please make sure you are not duplicating anything. If you are unsure where to put a question, add it to the very end of the document. Everyone on the team should add their name, address and contact info to the top of the Plan (do it now!)
Thank you to Eileen, Brenda Mikota, Arva, and Jill for helping me to get this started. 
Preparedness Tip: Prepare Out Loud
I attended the excellent Prepare Out Loud presentation at the Red Cross today, and found that their expert earthquake preparedness presenter Steven Eberlein (hi Steve!) lives in Boise. Oh goody! My main take home (among many good facts I noted) was to use social media to share your prepping progress, because people tend to follow what their friends do. So even if it's just one step, be sure to share a photo of your kit progress, water heater strapping, new utility wrench or whatever you're doing, and #prepareoutloud!

Upcoming Scenario Villages (Field Exercises)

I will be helping to develop these Scenarios in coordination with other NE neighborhood Team Leads, and notifying the group of our final dates and times. The goal is to work together as a team to deal with a staged emergency. You can still sign up to be a "victim" at any of the scenarios that you are not participating in as a NET drill.
Save the dates for these events! 
  • Saturday August 27 (likely 9-12pm)
  • Saturday October 22 (likely 1-3pm)
Are you NET trained? This is your opportunity to practice with your team!
Are you untrained? This is your opportunity to see what an exercise is like, participate as a victim, and have fun pretending to be dead/dying and freaking out the NETs!

You can read reports from past Scenario Villages here.
More about BEECNs (aka Basic Earthquake Emergency Communications Nodes)
As Jeremy Van Keuren talked about in our last meeting, PBEM hired Ernie Jones last October to oversee BEECN. He has worked diligently to assess BEECN, build program infrastructure (such as training programming, a volunteer database, policies, and procedures) and acclimate himself to the resources available to him. This was the first phase of Ernie's work, and now he's ready to move to the next phase: aggressive recruitment of BEECN Volunteer Teams for each BEECN: a minimum of eight volunteers per BEECN, for 48 BEECNs (a total of 384 volunteers). 

As you also heard, our BEECN at Jefferson HS is actually not there right now, due to concerns about the box's safety due to vandalism and theft at other sites. If you have thoughts about where we could locate a BEECN in our area, please add them to the Operations Plan.

You don't need to be a NET trained volunteer to be a BEECN volunteer. However, being both a NET volunteer and a BEECN volunteer is feasible because NETs respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, while BEECN is not deployed until 24 to 48 hours following a disaster. But not everyone who wants a volunteer role in disaster preparedness and response has the bandwidth to dedicate 30 hours for Basic NET training, or the ability to meet the physical demands (lifting people/objects and carrying a heavy backpack). Volunteering for their local BEECN can be ideal for them, as the training and volunteer commitment is not as intense. 
 
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA TO BE A BEECN VOLUNTEER?
WHAT IS THE VOLUNTEER COMMITMENT?
Each BEECN requires a team of eight volunteers minimum, with one volunteer acting as a cohort leader who organizes the rest of the volunteers. Each team is expected to:
  • Participate in a BEECN test once a year;
  • Unpack, inventory, and confirm the cache equipment is in working order once a quarter;
  • Make a site check of the cache once a month to confirm that it is still secure.
Additionally, each team member is expected to take a brief (one hour) BEECN class. The class can be given by other BEECN volunteers, and Ernie is also scheduling short BEECN classes throughout the city.  
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BEECN PROGRAM?
You can visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/beecn for a full description of the BEECN program. You can also view the current draft of the BEECN Guidelines at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/article/557545 
Finally, some fun bedtime reading:
Vice Motherboard: After the Big One - An immersive, reported science fiction saga about surviving the coming mega-quake.
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