Emergency Preparedness Brainstorming Session – Video Recording

Published April 4, 2024

This meeting was held on April 11, 2024 via Zoom. It was open to all those who live, work and/or own property in the Palisades Neigborhood Association (PNA).


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Rick Eilers, PNA Emergency Preparedness Committee Coordinator, will share:

  • A brief history of our the neighborhood-wide emergency preparedness efforts;
  • Overview of the many resources available on the PrepLO.org website;
  • Physical resources acquired to date for the benefit of our neighborhood;
  • What is CERT and where to sign up


Roger Gray, PNA Area 7 Rep, will briefly share his communication with the City, PGE and Oregon Public Utilities Commission (OPUC) regarding how they are preparing for future disasters, whether winter storms, summer fires, or other natural disasters.

Frederique Lavios, PNA Chair, will then lead the brainstorming session.

Let’s all brainstorm on what we want to focus on and how to accomplish those goals. All ideas and solutions are welcome. Examples include:

  • Increased preparedness for individual households;
  • Increased neighborhood-wide preparedness;
  • Increased advocacy work and communications with the City;
  • Increased advocacy work and communications with public utilities
  • Emergency response on an individual and/or street-wide and/or neighborhood wide level




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Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Project Coordinator

Primary Role:

  • Handles NEP grant applications, grant approvals, reviews receipts for reimbursement and is the single point of contact between the entire Palisades Neighborhood Association (PNA) and the City.
  • To be successfull in this role you should be organized, communicative.
  • Time commitment: From 8-12 hrs. throughout the year


  • Accepting NEP proposals: Anyone living in the Palisades Neighborhood Association can submit proposal(s) to the NEP Coordinator along with estimated costs throughout the year. They should follow the application guidelines and answer the questions related to their proposal.
  • PNA Board will Vote on Which Items To Include in our NEP Proposal: During the month of March PNA board meeting the NEP Coordinator asks the board to vote on the proposed item(s). NEP Coordinator encourages person(s) proposing the item(s) to attend the meeting to answer questions that might come up. The PNA board then votes on which items should be included in the NEP grant proposal.
  • Developing and Submitting the NEP Grant Proposalt: During the NEP grant proposal period (usually the month of May) the NEP Project Coordinator:
    • Fills out the NEP grant proposal application based on items approved by the PNA Board;
    • Gets sign offs from the PNA Chair
    • Submits the proposal form to the city in early May for the initial review process
    • Provides additional information requested by the city
    • Revises and submits the final application to the City by the deadline (typically May 31).

What Happens Next:

  • Iris McCaleb from the City forwards the NEP grant proposals to the grant review committee and then to the City Council who review it and awards certain grants.The NEP Coordinator will receive a letter of award from the City and will share it with the PNA Leadership Team.
  • As items are purchased from the approved grant list, the project close-out form is filled out by the person requesting reimbursement. They will attach digital copies of receipts and photos and then submit all to both the NEP Project Coordinator and the PNA Chair. The NEP Project Coordinator submits the reimbursement request to Iris at the City for reimbursement.
  • Reimbursement checks are then sent directly to the person who purchased the item(s).