March newsletter
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Hi folks, welcome to a much nicer update format that I hope makes it easier to digest the information I have been throwing at you. All of our communications are evolving rapidly with the help of several team members, so bear with us. I may at times cut some corners by dropping in text wholesale from Jeremy Van Keuren, our noble NET coordinator, but I'll try to summarize where I can to save you from scrolling all day. Look forward to receiving this newsletter once a month!
Thank you all for your passion, dedication and time.
- Katy Wolf, Team Lead
NET Training
If you are signed up for the NET class waiting list and want to be "prioritized",
email me and I will send your name to Jeremy VK at PBEM. I can't guarantee anything, but as he mentioned in the meeting, it helps to have a Team Lead recommend people from their teams, to help bump them up the list, which is quite long.
Operations Plan
Our Operations Plan is intended to be a working document that everyone can contribute to. Anyone may make information additions or add questions (in bold) in the appropriate sections, or add 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.
Thank you to Eileen, Brenda Mikota, Arva, and Jill for helping me to get this started. 
I've set up a Dropbox folder to share finalized documents or resources we want to share with each other. This might be an interim solution until we set up a larger NE NET website. As I understand it, the way Dropbox works is that anyone with the link can view, but to edit (add files) you need permissions. Just let me know if you want permissions so you can upload files (email me).
BEECNs (aka Basic Earthquake Emergency Communications Node)
As Jeremy Van Keuren talked about in our 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. If becoming a BEECN volunteer interests you, please contact Ernie.
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. Ernie already has some classes on the schedule. They are:
  • Monday, March 21, 7 pm
    Multnomah Arts Center Auditorium
    7688 SW Capitol Hwy. 97219
  • Monday, April 11, 7 pm
    Redeemer Lutheran Church
    5431 NE 20th Ave. (at Killingsworth)
    Portland 97211
  • Wednesday, May 11, 7 pm
    Ascension Church
    1823 SW Spring St. 97201
Ernie can also come to us and deliver a BEECN overview to our entire team, but I would appreciate it if someone interested in becoming BEECN trained would take the reins to arrange bringing that to our neighborhood. If nothing else happens, then I will see if Ernie can present at our June 14 meeting. 
You can visit for a full description of the BEECN program. You can also view the current draft of the BEECN Guidelines at: 
Upcoming Events
  • "San Andreas" movie with Hecklevision at the Hollywood Theater - Saturday April 9 9:30 pm
    • Special guests: Allison Perch, geotechnical engineer, Hart & Crowser, and Hecklevision comedians. Be aware that Hecklevision isn't for everyone, but it can be really fun. Basically, crowd members text their heckles to a phone number, which sends the texts to a scrolling bar below the movie. It's sort of like being in a live chat room; very interactive and funny. Check out the Hecklevision website to see past events, but note that our event isn't posted quite yet. There are other disaster movies planned for April.
  • Our next meeting. June 14 7:00 - 8:30 pm at the Q Center
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