Safety Series: Emergency Preparedness and Preparing You and Your Neighborhood

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September 14, 2016

     Emergency Preparedness Video:  HERE
     Take 5 to Survive:  HERE
     Map Your Neighborhood: HERE

September 12, 2016

     Sept. 21 Event Flyer HERE


September 7. 2016

September is known as "Prep-tember" by some. I like that and am working to be better at home and at the academy!  :-)

The Washington County Library System in conjunction with the Raleigh Park Elementary School PTO are sponsoring the Red Cross' Presentation of "Prepare!". Full details HERE.

     Sept. 21 Event Flyer HERE

Washing County Emergency Preparedness Page HERE


August 23, 2016

Just discovered the OPB page and documentary today. Eager to delve into it this coming week.

"Unprepared! Will we be ready for the Megaquake in Oregon?" --


July 8, 2016

  • "How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes", Part 2, The New Yorker, July 2015: HERE


July 5, 2016

  • "Preparedness Calendar" - helps breakdown what can be an overwhelming task into manageable parts: HERE
  • Red Cross Southern California disaster prep presentation: HERE


June 26, 2016

Resource to get started in preparing you, your family, and your neighborhood for a natural disaster. Be Prepared, Not Scared:

  1. "The Really Big One", The New Yorker, July 2015: HERE
  2. Take 5 to survive: HERE
  3. Map Your Neighborhood: HERE
  4. Westside Heights NET-Preparedness Program Information: HERE
  5. Quake Up! Earthquake Preparedness: HERE
  6. Red Cross Class Prepare!: HERE
  7. Portland BEM (Bureau of Emergency Management) NET 1 video series: HERE
  8. Beaverton CERT Training: HERE


June 26, 2016

Dear Neighbors,

Five Rings Jiu Jitsu and Fitness as begun a community outreach and educational program called the Safety Series. The Safety Series is meant to teach people of all ages and abilities the basics of self defense and safety. Topics we are working on are:

  • Anti-bullying strategies
  • Stranger danger awareness
  • Verbal de-escalation skills
  • Basic self defense techniques

As I was meeting with a Washington County Sheriff Community Outreach Specialist the area that tends to be a blind spot with many neighborhoods is disaster readiness.

“Knowing what to do in the first hours of a disaster response (after an earth quake, ice storm, flood, etc.) may help you save a life, reduce the severity of possible injuries, and reduce the amount of damage the neighborhood sustains.”

I’m reaching out to people in my neighborhood for two reasons:

  1.        I want to be a better neighbor and know my neighbors.
  2.        Increase my family’s and my neighborhood’s preparedness and readiness for a disaster.

This is 100% voluntary. No pressure. The intent is not to create distress or paranoia, but to be proactive and solution-driven. This is a simple call to action.

What is required?

  • A little of your time and your willingness to collaborate
  • To read and learn the 9 basics steps of what to do immediately after a disaster
  • Fill out the neighborhood skills and equipment inventory
  • Attend a meeting with the Washington County Sheriff’s Community Liaison to give us a crash course on disaster preparedness (to be setup once we have an idea of who is participating).

If you’re interested in participating in this effort, please let me know. Once I get a head count I look to organize an intro meeting / orientation.

In good health,


Professor Tom Oberhue
Head Coach / Owner of Five Rings Jiu Jitsu and Fitness

Business in West Slope
Home on Lovejoy St. near Forest Heights

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