In the event of a major disaster, neighbors helping neighbors will be how we survive until help comes from the outside. Recent media reports have documented how, after a major earthquake, this could take up to two weeks, so we all need to plan how to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe. The Brooklyn Action Corps program designed to prepare Brooklyn block by block is now underway!
From now through December 2016, BAC is offering a series of two 90-minute discussion sessions led by trained presenters, to help you and your neighbors get ready together for earthquakes and other disasters. You can help by volunteering to host your block – or your apartment building, or floor. Don’t have space? Persuade a friendly neighbor to host and help them by organizing the meetings.
To volunteer, email email@example.com with your address, phone number and which month you would like to host. Then we will contact you with hosting information and neighbor invitations, and schedule a presenter for your block.
The first session will help you think about all the “What ifs” and plan with your household for any emergency. The second session addresses gathering supplies needed to “Go” or “Stay” where you are, in the event of disaster. You and your neighbors will also learn how to plan to help each other effectively after a disaster, and to keep maintaining and improving your block’s preparedness. In the end you will have a plan and be ready for anything!
Trash or Treasure? It’s time to clean house!
Getting to the nearest donation drop-off site, or better yet, the dump, is something that few of us find time to do. Bulky items like old vacuum cleaners, furniture, scrap wood and empty paint cans take up valuable space in our garages and in our homes.
Not only will you feel great about clearing out unwanted stuff, you’ll feel good about the contribution you make to your Brooklyn neighborhood!
Where? 16th & SE Center Mixed Waste: $10-$15 for small pick up loads $20-25 for large loads Yard Debris: $10 (more for large loads) Each vehicle will be quoted a price before unloading.
Accepted: Tires: $5 without rims, $8 with rims
Prohibited Materials: Hazardous waste, all construction, remodeling or demolition materials; kitchen garbage and curbside recyclables
Examples of high risk construction materials suspected of containing asbestos:
- Flooring: vinyl tiles, vinyl sheet, mastic
- Walls: plaster, decorative plaster
- Siding: cement siding shingles “transite”
- Ceilings: acoustical tiles, “popcorn” and spray-on texture
- Insulation: spray-applied, blown-in, vermiculite, pipe, HVAC and lagging
- Electrical: wire insulation, panel partitions
- Other: fire doors, fire brick, fire-proofing
Do you need help getting your stuff there? Call the HelpLine at 503-241-4540. We can help
Volunteers are needed, please call the Brooklyn Help Line now and reserve your time.
Clean up sponsored by METRO and the BAC
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Bullseye Glass in Brooklyn NeighborhoodDo you feel that you should have a test done to be sure your family has not been impacted by the air quality from Bullseye Glasses?
If you are concerned about exposure, talk to your healthcare provider to make the best choice for your health. The Oregon Health Plan (OHP) will cover urine cadmium testing for members who live in the highest-risk areas, as will most private insurance plans.
For Oregon residents who live, work, or go to school or day care within one-half mile of Bullseye Glass Company or Uroboros Glass, Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will cover the cost of urine cadmium testing.
In order to be tested, please follow these steps:
- Call 971-673-3308 (9:00 am to 4:00 pm, M-F) to determine if you qualify.
- OHA staff will collect some basic information and provide directions to a clinic where you can submit a urine specimen for testing.
Depending on the result of your test, the following actions will be taken:
- If no urine cadmium is detected, a letter will be mailed to you within 3 weeks.
- If urine cadmium is detected, your results will be forward to your primary care provider (PCP). If you do not have a PCP, our environmental health assessment program will help identify a provider who can help explain your results and any need for follow up.
The deadline for the FREE testing is April 30th .
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The all-volunteer Southeast Portland Tool Library (SEPTL) invites DIY enthusiasts to an open house on Saturday, January 16, 11am 4pm, at its new location in Hinson Baptist Church, SE Salmon and SE 20th Ave. The event also celebrates SEPTL’s fifth anniversary serving the community. With this move SEPTL has doubled its floor space, added parking, and streamlined operations to better serve its growing membership of more than 5,000 homeowners and renters. Visit www.septl.org for hours of operation, a realtime searchable database of more than 1,200 available tools, and upcoming workshops. SEPTL’s mission is supported by many generous organizations including Hinson Baptist Church, St David of Wales Episcopal Church, Division Hardware & Paint, Southeast Uplift, PDX Time Bank, Mr Plywood, Your Concrete Guy, Hankins Hardware, Kitchen Share Southeast, and the Buckman Community Association. Sincere and special thanks are due to all the volunteers whose countless hours and tremendous talents keep SEPTL open.
The SE Portland Tool Library SEPTL is a community resource run by volunteers who provide residents of southeast Portland with tools to perform home repairs, tend their yards and gardens, maintain their bikes, build furniture, and take on many other projects – while meeting and sharing knowledge with neighbors.
Media contact : Glenn C. Devitt SEPTL Board Member 503.345.4321 firstname.lastname@example.org
This will be troop 351’s, 35th year selling Christmas trees and wreaths. The non-profit sale funds the Boy Scouts and Venture Crew’s summer camps and activities for the entire year. The sale is run by the volunteer boys, girls and parents. Our trees have been hand-picked from local growers and are delivered weekly, we also offer a limited number of SERF-certified trees (grown on sustainable farms).
Now taking Visa and Mastercard for you convenience.
Facebook us at BoyScoutTroop351Portland.
The Troop 351 Boy Scout Christmas Tree Lot is located at the SW corner of St. Ignatius parking lot at 3400 Se 43rd Ave., Portland.
We’ll be open every day beginning Friday, November 27th at 1pm and ending Monday, December 23th Weekdays from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, Weekends from 9:00am to 9:00pm. For more information call the Tree Lot Trailer phone number 503-775-2848
Troop 351 has also expanded to Sellwood. This is their second year in having a Sellwood tree lot. Located at the Wells Fargo parking lot, 6646 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland. Open Saturday and Sunday beginning November 28th and 29th and ending December 20th Hours are: 9-9
The Cub Scouts Recycle Tree Lot will be open on
December 27 through January 16:
Weekdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Weekends from 9:00am to 8:00pm
THANKS FROM TROOP 351!
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Dear Supporter of Know Thy Food (friend, member,vendor, neighbor)– During the last 5 years, KTF has offered 306 consecutive weekly Order Cycles online letting you shop for healthy, organic, farm-direct foods and other products online at discounted prices.
This week, week 307, it all came to a halt. The chickens are still laying eggs, the cows are still giving milk, the farmers are still harvesting vegetables, and the bakers are still baking bread. But we cannot bring their products to your table.
I hope I have caught your attention. I hope your body is reacting and saying “Oh nooooooo!” and maybe you are even feeling a pit in your stomach? If nothing else, you are probably wondering, What is going on? Continue reading Urgent: Know Thy Food Co-op Seeks New Board President