Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies and disasters happen. The Pacific Northwest is still waiting for the "overdue" major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. This guide will help you to prepare for any major emergencies and disasters.

Become a HAM Radio Operator

Amateur Radio, also known as HAM radio (ham radio) is mostly seen as a hobby. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, without the Internet or cell phones. However, in times of emergency, it can be a lifeline. 


Join your Portland Neighborhood Emergency Response Team

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (NETs)

How Do I Become a NET Member?

How to apply to the program and join your neighborhood team. 

Click here for more information about Multnomah County's emergency response.

Join your Beaverton Community Emergency Response Team

Beaverton Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a FEMA program used by municipalities all over the country to learn, practice and promote emergency preparedness and resiliency in their communities. CERT members are trained to safely respond to an emergency on the family, neighborhood and community level, and can provide assistance when first responders are unavailable.

What is Beaverton CERT?

  • A free, community-based, all-volunteer program funded by the City of Beaverton
  • 500 members strong, and growing
  • Eligible to join if you have a Beaverton address or live within the boundaries of the Beaverton School District

Beaverton CERT Activities
Once you graduate from CERT Basic Training, you have the option to participate as little or as often as you choose. There are many paths to explore:

  • Practice and refine your skills, such as: crowd management, light search & rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, psychological first aid, radio communications.
  • Educate the public on emergency preparedness through community events and presentations at schools, high-occupancy dwellings and civic groups.
  • Provide assistance, upon request, with planned events and emergency situations for partners such as the Beaverton PD, THPRD, and the Beaverton School District.
  • Connect with other CERTs in your neighborhood and network with CERTs across the organization at regular meetings.



Join the Tigard Community Emergency Response Team

Tigard Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 

Tigard’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is free to anyone who lives or works in Tigard. The city’s CERT membership welcomes professionals from any of Tigard’s large corporations, small business owners, Tigard High School students, Explorer Scouts, Ham Radio groups, Neighborhood Associations, and any concerned resident interested in becoming certified by successfully completing an seven week, 24 hour program. You must be 18 years or older to attend, but 16 year olds may attend if accompanied by an adult. Important Note: All participants must have a criminal background check prior to becoming a CERT member.

CERT Training will cover:

  • Disaster Awareness, Hazard Mitigation, and Community Emergency Response Team concepts
  • Utility Control, Fire Suppression, Hazardous Materials
  • Disaster Medicine — Triage and treatment of minor and life threatening injuries
  • Light Search and Rescue — Visual assessment of damaged buildings, search techniques, rescue techniques and patient transport
  • Team Response and Management
  • Terrorism and Community Response Teams 

Join the Tualatin Community Emergency Response Team

Tualatin Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The City of Tualatin is a member of the Washington County Emergency Management Cooperative (EMC).  The EMC is committed to the development and maintenance of a county-wide, integrated system to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters.  EMC is comprised of Washington County, the cities of Beaverton, Cornelius, Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Sherwood, Tigard, and Tualatin, as well as Clean Water Services and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. Click here for more information.

The Community Emergency Response Team  (CERT) program trains people - from all walks of life - in basic disaster response skills.  CERT members can assist others when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Tualatin CERT offers a free 7-week BASIC CERT training course twice a year to Tualatin residents or people working in the City. Spring training begins March 4, 2021 and will be entirely online.