We appreciate the support of the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management - PBEM - for supporting us to find innovative ways to make our response to disasters more inclusive and decentralized.
We are carrying out Safer Together in close coordination with our friends on the St. Johns NET team, citizen volunteers who have been especially trained to help out when disasters strike.
Sometimes the city might not be able to help us and then we'll have to help ourselves.
Block parties are a place to meet new people.
We didn't used to worry about killer heat in St.Johns, but things have changed.
Food is a central element of any good block party!
We might not think about fires spreading but St. Johns has a lot of trees and wooden houses.
Everyone needs to be safe, and everyone needs human contact.
Safer Together empowers neighbors to take care of each other.
Find out about hosting a block party
So far, St. Johns folks have held 20 block parties (as of September 2), and we have another ten scheduled. But there are still plenty of open days, both weekends and weekdays. See the calendar on the home page to find open dates in September and October! The crisp cool days of early Fall are perfect for getting together with your neighbors. Fire up that grill!
What kind of people host block parties? Hosts are people who are willing to do a little extra to make their neighborhood an even better place to live, and they know that everyone feels the same way. Please think about hosting a Safer Together block party!
We want to make it easy for you, and we have prepared a number of materials for hosts:
A short guide to hosting that covers everything you need to do, with a time line.
Model flyers that you can distribute to your neighbors telling them about the party and the date, time and location, and posters that you can put in public spaces so people will see them when they go to the store or walk their dogs. We'll help you design them and pay for the printing.
Sound systems and tables, canopies, trash cans, and a good music rig.
A simple form to get a street closure permit from PBOT. We have all the barricades and signage you need.
A table where people can sign up for a phone tree and for the SJNA and StJohnsNET mailing lists.
We'll present a fun and engaging ten minute talk on disaster resilience.
We will have an intern who can help with canvassing and logistics, as each block party requires.
We offer a small amoung of financial incentive ($75) for food to help make your block party even more special.
Finally, we'll work with you to understand your neighborhood and tailor the block party to the folks who are going to be there - we will have games for kids, and we can present in Spanish as well as English. It all depends on what you want and need.
Click on the button below to leave your contact information and we'll get back to you within 48 hours!