Whatever your background and physical abilities may be, the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) in your neighborhood needs you! The basic training will give you the skills to work with your neighbors to save lives and property during the first 72 hours of any citywide emergency. The skills you'll learn in the free NET training will also help you manage emergencies that you may encounter in daily life.
You and your neighbors will be the first people to respond in a major disaster. Professional rescuers will have to focus first on the most dangerous situations where the most people can be helped. That means neighborhoods will be on their own for a significant amount of time, perhaps days. Past disaster statistics show that fully 80% of all rescues are performed by untrained citizens. The NET program aims to prepare all communities with the skills needed to be safe and effective when disaster strikes.
Basic NET training consists of 25 hours of emergency response training, including a final written and practical exercise. It is available free of charge to anyone who lives or works in Portland and is of at least 14 years or more in age. Attendance of all classes are required in order to complete the program. Classes are generally held one weeknight a week for 8 weeks. For more info, visit the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management!
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