Learn how to help your neighbors when it counts As of July 1, 2018, Tigard’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has officially become a non-profit organization and will be managing their trainings and volunteer program from now on.
Tigard’s Emergency Management Program continues to collaborate with CERT to provide residents with lifesaving tools and resources should an emergency or disaster happen. For information about CERT trainings and other programs, contact Carin Grover or visit TigardCERT or here on Facebook.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
HOW LONG CAN YOU SURVIVE? Prepare an emergency kit for yourself and your family. Due to overwhelming need elsewhere or lack of access to your neighborhood, you may be on your own for several days after a major disaster. A well-stocked kit can help you survive and be more comfortable during a major event such as earthquake, flooding, power outages, etc.
What will you need to survive for a week? Two weeks? Print this checklist and build your emergency supply kit this weekend.
CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message, email and social media regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications. Messages are shared using the emergency communication network system.
The City of Tigard uses CodeRED for any message concerning the safety, property or welfare of the community. Messages may include AMBER alerts, notifications of hazardous traffic or road conditions, boil water advisories or evacuation notices.
The system relies upon contact information from the Tigard water service records, which may not be complete. All businesses and residents are encouraged to register. Registration is confidential and free.
Register by phone: Call Mike Lueck, Tigard Emergency Services Coordinator, at 503-718-2593.
Businesses should provide their main number and establish a procedure for sharing the CodeRED message to their workforce. If possible, have at least one working land line. Multiple lines can be registered, including cell phone numbers.
As a service of the Emergency Communications Network, CodeRED takes security and privacy concerns very seriously. Personal information will not be shared or sold to third parties.
How will I recognize a CodeRED message? Once you are registered for the CodeRED system, contact your phone/data service provider to confirm that these CodeRED numbers are not blocked: 855-969-4636 (emergency messages) and 866-415-5000 (general messages). All CodeRED messages can be repeated by pressing any key. Do not call 911 for further information unless directed to do so or if you need immediate aid.
Tigard offers free Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) training to help neighbors prepare for disasters. The training identifies:
How to secure your home and protect your neighborhood immediately following a disaster.
Neighbors who have emergency response skills and equipment.
Shut-off sites for natural gas, propane tanks and water service.
Neighbors who may require special assistance, like children and the elderly.
A neighborhood gathering site and care center.
We’ll bring the training to you! The city has several trained volunteers who will come to your neighborhood, provide MYN training and help you establish an emergency action plan. To learn more about MYN training, or to schedule a presentation, please provide your name, address and phone number to MYN Coordinator Greg Harris.