About the Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team Program
The Portland NET program is based on the nationwide Community Emergency Response Team Program (CERT) a program of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It serves most of Portland Oregon’s many neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) program trains and organizes people who live and work in Portland to be volunteer emergency responders. Since its inception in 1994, Portland NET has worked closely with Portland Fire & Rescue to train over 4000 volunteers. The 30-hour program of basic training covers disaster medical evaluation and triage, search and rescue, small fire suppression, basic radio communications, disaster psychology, and more. Once a volunteer completes the basic program, they are enrolled as volunteer emergency response team personnel, become part of their neighborhood team, and may deploy in the event of an emergency or a major disaster. NET volunteers keep themselves sharp and confident in their response skills through operations planning and ongoing training opportunities.