The goal of this website is to help Oregon residents get ready to come through a major disaster well and recover quickly.
PREP has been developed by the PREP Steering Committee, which includes volunteer first responders and members of community groups, in particular Transition PDX. Also collaborating are several public and private partners including
- Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
- Portland Fire and Rescue
- Multnomah County Emergency Management
- Central Northeast Neighbors
- East Portland Neighborhood Office
- Neighbors West-Northwest
- North Portland Neighborhood Services
- Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
- Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Coalition
- Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
- Community Non-profit Resource Group (CNRG)
PREP is based on two models:
- SNAP (Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare), a program of Seattle Office of Emergency Management, which works to organize neighbors block by block and includes household preparedness and practice drills.
- Map Your Neighborhood, an award-winning program now used in 34 states. Developed by Washington Emergency Management Department, Map Your Neighborhood is a very useful approach to organizing your block that is easy to understand and easy to carry out. It is incorporated in PREP as the Get Organized stage, where you will find a printable version as well as resources for obtaining it in booklet form.
Plans for future development of PREP include adding extensive resources to the Long Term Resilience page and preparedness materials in several languages.