Ready Friendly is our neighborhood emergency preparedness umbrella for several campaigns and volunteer teams.
Goals of Ready Friendly
Radio plan for emergency communication
Fire resiliency and fuel reduction
Map Your Neighborhood
Readiness training playlist
The FAN Radio Plan is an emergency communication plan developed by the Radio Ready team for residents of Friendly neighborhood. Every month during “Second Sundays at Six” exercises, neighbors from all corners of FAN use FRS (walkie talkies) and ham radios to check in with a temporary control center. In the event of widespread power outage, or disruption of phone service and cell towers, we will need an alternate way to communicate. Our plan is designed to relay status reports to city officials and emergency responders through the City of Eugene's larger emergency communication network. Our plan is being developed with thanks to the City of Eugene Neighborhood Matching Grants Program and all other contributors. Do you need a worthwhile activity for which to use your walkie talkie, GMRS, or ham radio? Here is your chance! Contact us and we will get you plugged in: email@example.com.
Fire Resiliency and Fuel Reduction
The Eugene Wildfire Fire Preparedness Coalition formed after extreme winds on Labor Day 2020 sparked deadly fires that destroyed thousands of Oregon homes, businesses, and entire communities. The coalition is sponsored by the Eugene Neighborhood Leaders Council (NLC) and its committee, the Eugene Neighborhoods Preparedness Network (ENPN). The advocacy group seeks to better inform and prepare urban residents to the threat of wildfire, and to effect policy changes to address impacts of climate change in both urban and rural communities. The coalition held a public forum in October 2020. It was c0-hosted by Friendly Area Neighbors and the NLC-ENPN. Featuring three expert panelists, this was the first of what is planned to be a series of forums in 2021. Watch the Fire Forum recordings here in four parts.
Map Your Neighborhood
Map Your Neighborhood is a self-guided, 2-hour training that residents conduct by gathering with their immediate neighbors. (Note: it is challenging to do this program during a pandemic! Please contact us for suggestions on how to start while we have to maintain physical distancing.) This program promotes community resiliency for short-term disruptions and large disasters. It connects individual readiness with preparedness on your block. Know who your neighbors are and who might need special assistance. When the emergency responders are overwhelmed, we will only have each other to rely on.
Groups of neighbors learn 9 essential steps to take immediately following a disaster. (See below.) Neighbors also work to identify the skills and equipment they have that could be useful in a disaster. Additionally, neighbors develop a block map identifying neighbors with special needs and homes with important features such as gas service. The goal is to create a functional neighborhood team that would provide support within the immediate neighborhood until normal city services can be restored.
This map shows our progress through 2020. Our goal is to have at least 100 groups/blocks in Friendly Neighborhood participate. We are recruiting 10 organizers in each of 10 neighborhood zones to convene their neighbors for this program. Let us know if you can help fill in our gaps!
This program is designed as do-it-yourself. Or you can let us help you get started by contacting Ready Friendly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Readiness Training Playlist
Ready Friendly Video Playlist is a pool of public, skill-building sessions our team have held or used to prepare for urban threats of fire, toxic air, seismic activity and consequent disruptions of water, power, transportation, and communication. Future scheduled or recommended trainings can be found on the FAN calendar.
Have you already participated in Map Your Neighborhood and now want more training? The City of Eugene offers CERT training, a free training program, to provide in-depth information on disaster preparedness for hazards most likely to impact our area. (Due to COVID-19, trainings offered by the City are currently cancelled through April 2021. Leadership trainings continue online through other agencies, see e.g., ready.gov.) CERT trains residents in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Graduates also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The Basic CERT Training is normally offered once or twice per year. Check on training availability and sign up with the City's Emergency Management office at 541-682-5665 or check eugene-cert.com/calendar.