Community preparedness
using interlinked Web pages?

Some kind of  Web ring structure of web sites should prove very useful for community web sites and community issues.  In a Web ring, sites are linked to each other because of some common interest.  It's the hyperlink that makes the World Wide Web a web, and we can design structures of hyperlinks to make clever communication systems unlike anything that existed before the Internet.

We want community and we want independence.  We want ideas and we want controversial ideas examined from independent viewpoints.   We want the shared knowledge and ideas of the community  

The Internet is now available to almost everbody (use the Library if no computer at home), and it has flexibility we've barely begun to explore.  Some Southwest Neighborhoods Inc (SWNI) committees are exploring ways to use the Internet for community preparedness.

Let's explore together.

NET forum
(Woodstock NET)

These two pages were prepared for the SWNI Emergency Preparedness Committee:
Emergency Preparedness
Emergency Preparedness Communications
Disaster Preparedness
"Nature is full of traps for the beast that cannot learn."
Loren Eisley
Earthquake we're due a big one. . . 
Pandemic perhaps man-made. . . 
Ice storm we've had some doozies. . . 
Volcanos we have some big ones . . . 
Flood remember 1996. . . 
Fire we live in a forested city . . .
Terrorist Attack but why Portland?. . . 
Hazmat spills the possibilities are sweeping . . .
Tornado Vancouver WA lost a shopping mall roof to one. . . 

SW Emergency Preparedness (committee)
[SWNI Web site Link]


Practice sessions
in SW Portland


Crime Prevention

Neighborhood Watch Program

Car prowls

Where car break-ins are a problem, Stephanie Reynolds (Crime Prevention Specialist), Scott Westerman and Steve Andrusko (Neighborhood Response Team Officers)  teamed up to patrol and look for cars parked in the neighborhood that in the eyes of a car prowler will look like juicy targets of opportunity.  They send letters to the registered owners.

Car break-ins have decreased dramatically in these areas.

The officers have patrolled nearby isolated areas on their ATV's and have found camps with large amounts of items that appear to have been stolen from cars that have been broken into. 

Vigilance  pays!

Getting started with your block watch or foot patrol ... and other ONI services

Getting to know more about the community by walking.

NET teams need to know as much as they can about the various streets, trails, stairs, etc which give access the the neighborhood.  There's a lot of connectivity that can help when trees and power lines block the ways.

Block watches, too, benefit from such familiarity.

Since walking through Portland can be especially enjoyable, NET's and block watches--and why not other groups?--should occasionally take a healthful stroll through the neighborhood.  We've found new candidates for NET training this way, too.



Walks Routes Project

MAPS of Southwest Portland (and Forest Park)
Look for pedestrian connections: stairs, trails, paths, etc. which give the person on foot or bike a big advantage.

This web site has accurate and complete maps of SW Portland.  Similarly corrected and augmented maps for the rest of the Portland area would be desirable.  While the accuracy of the maps from Map Quest, Yahoo, and Google are considerably better than the printed maps available, they still don't have the pedestrian additions.

It's easy to produce the more-detailed maps you see here.  It should be easy to find people through the city who could locate the details (and needed corrections), and probably not much harder to find people who can make the corrections, and post to the Web, maps for the rest of the city.


We hope you will
email us
with your ideas
even if you don't have a website.