We all are likely to experience significant family emergencies, if not a disaster on the scale of the CSZ earthquake that leads to a prolonged breakdown of all basic services.
The resilience of families and communities has been shown to be the greatest factor is positive outcomes following family and localized emergencies as well as larger scale disasters.
The time to prepare for an emergency or disaster is
Homestead Disaster Response planning is currently focusing on supporting households to make basic emergency response plans including individual Household plans and support from and for your immediate neighbors that address the following concerns:
- Will your family be together at the time of any major emergency? If not, how will your household members communicate and reunite even if normal communication and transportation systems are disrupted? Even for a personal health emergency such established communication plans can make you more resilient.
- If you have children, how will you reach them if they're at school or in daycare? Do you know what's in their school's emergency plan?
- If you're not home, how will your pets be fed, walked, and cared for until you can return?
- If you or your neighbors have mobility limitations, how will you get to and from your home?
- Does your workplace have an emergency plan and emergency supplies?
This month we discuss some ideas for caring for your pet when an emergency prevents you from doing so.
Have a pet survival kit assembled in case you need to evacuate. Delays in evacuation in the Paradise fires cost many lives!
Get to know your neighbors in case you are away when a disaster/emergency hits.If you walk or share your pet with a neighbor regularly, discuss a plan where you might care for one another's pets in such cases.
Have an alternative shelter plan for your pets. Disaster Emergency shelters only allow service dogs inside. Motels that allow pets outside the disaster evacuation area may fill up rapidly.
For More information about the Homestead Neighborhood Emergency Team, or to become a NET member, contact Bob Bonner at firstname.lastname@example.org
City Council holds final Residential Infill Project Hearing on March 12
The Residential Infill Project is updating Portland's single-dwelling zoning rules and will allow multi-family development projects to be built in areas that are currently zoned for single family houses. For more information visit the project website at:
City Council held two work sessions on proposed amendments and directed staff to develop some of them for a public hearing in March.
These amendments include:
- Technical changes to align proposals with recently adopted projects for consistency.
- Changes to align duplex allowances with state mandates in HB2001.
- Changes to respond to the SB 534 requirement to recognize certain substandard platted lots.
- Creating a combined process for lot consolidations and property line adjustments.
- Tools to address unimproved and underimproved local streets.
- Provisions for a "Deeper Affordability Bonus."
- A historic resource demolition disincentive.
Read more about these amendment concepts
Public hearing on amendments only
Community members can testify on the amendments at a public hearing on March 12 at 2 p.m. Council will then vote to determine which amendments should be included in the "As-Amended" report, followed by a vote on the entire RIP package at a subsequent meeting. Staff will prepare code revisions and post those on the project website a week prior to the Council hearing.
Written testimony on amendments accepted can be made
The record has been reopened to accept written testimony on the amendments now through the March 12 hearing. Mayor Wheeler clarified that any correspondence that had been provided to Council or project staff between January 17 and February 12 is not part of the record and not considered testimony. Therefore, he urged that any such correspondence be resubmitted in order to be considered.
The Mayor also stressed the importance of submitting testimony in writing, as time may be limited for oral testimony on March 12.
Submit written testimony to City Council.
Written testimony must be received by the time of the hearing on March 12 and must include your name and address.
Use the Map App:
Use U.S. Mail:
Click on the "Testify" button.
Testifying in the Map App is as easy as sending an email.
Residential Infill Project Testimony
1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 130
Portland, OR 97204
More details about the March 12 hearing and links to the proposed code amendment language will follow at the beginning of March.
For other information about the project
to learn more about how the proposals affect particular properties.
Or call or email
, Project Manager, 503-823-6879