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Climate Change Housing Safety

Safe Routes to School, Camping, and Safety

On August 19, Mayor Wheeler made an emergency declaration that prohibited camping around schools and on prioritized routes to schools. This extends the previous prohibition on camping in transportation corridors with a high incidence of accidents.

Bike Portland has an excellent article on the news. The Safe Routes to School site Project Planning page includes a map you can use to explore them. We’ve taken a screenshot of the Brooklyn neighborhood’s routes and included it below. Click or tap to make it larger.

Brooklyn Neighborhood SRTS prioritized streets, visible in darker gray. Orange dots are unfunded transportation improvement projects.

We are giving you this information to keep you informed. We’d like to remind you that we’re living through a refugee crisis related to housing costs, the pandemic, and climate change.  Compassionate responses to neighborhood challenges in the face of these can be difficult, and some responses can make things worse, turning being poor into a crime. Responding in a way that makes everyone feel safer can be challenging, especially if our definition of everyone includes those who have nowhere to go but the road.

If you or someone you know would benefit from housing support and/or services please check out the following resource lists at 211, Southeast Uplift and Street Roots’ Rose City Resource

We recommend you use Portland’s One Point of Contact for issues with camping that pose a threat to safety.

There are two ways to report a campsite using the One Point of Contact Campsite Reporting System. Please use just one of the following methods:

  1. PDX Reporter. Please select the “Campsite Reporting” icon from the main menu. 
  2. Call 311.
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Climate Change Communication County Emergency

Help during the heat emergency

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive Heat Watch beginning tomorrow, Monday, July 25, through the evening of Thursday, July 28. The entire Portland area will be subject to dangerously hot conditions with temperatures that could potentially exceed 100 degrees for three or more days in a row. Overnight lows spanning 65 to 70 will provide little relief for those without air conditioning.

Update 2022/07/25: Extreme or prolonged heat comes with wide range of health risks, to learn more about what to look out for please visit the CDC website.

It’s a great time to be neighborly. Check in often with the neighbors around you, particularly the unhoused, older folks, and those who live alone, particularly those without air conditioning.

Multnomah County has daytime and overnight cooling centers available: http://tinyurl.com/coolplacesmultco. Update 2022/07/25: Trimet will not turn away anyone who can’t pay fares riding to or from cooling centers.

There are a variety of tips on the Multnomah County website. We also advise you to water plants in the early morning, be careful when walking your pets on hot sidewalks and asphalt, and keep the sun out as much as possible by closing blinds and curtains before the sun hits those windows.

Portland General Electric has a Peak Time Rebates program that helps address the rise in electrical demand by shifting usage to other times. It’s a good idea to unplug unneeded appliances and “vampire electronics” to help power go where it’s needed when it’s needed the most.

Wednesday’s General Meeting will be virtual-only to reduce stress on the power grid from cooling Sacred Heart Fellowship Hall. You can join the meeting via https://bit.ly/bacMeeting

Board member Myong O and others have created a Slack workspace called the Brooklyn Climate Community which includes information on a Do-It-Yourself Cooling Workshop and other Brooklyn cooling resources. Please reply to this email to get the information on how to connect.

Climate change is resulting in more heat events all around the world. We encourage you to urge our elected representatives to address it.