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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.

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Set of 4 at-home COVID tests available for free via USPS

All residential households in the U.S. can order one free set of 4 at-home rapid antigen COVID-19 tests via the US Postal Service (USPS). There is a limit of one order per household address. Kits will ship for free, starting in late January.

Learn more and request test kits at https://special.usps.com/testkits.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

Resources, events, and opportunities for feedback this month

Neighbors Together event: “Community Safety and Connection”

Join your neighbors on Wednesday, January 19, at 6:30pm for an evening discussion on Community Safety and Connection, sponsored and facilitated by the Portland City Office of Community and Civic Life.

Details on the event page:

2040 Freight Plan survey

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is collecting feedback on the 2040 Freight Plan. This plan focuses on how to move goods through the city while meeting goals for a safe multimodal system that supports economic prosperity, human and environmental health, equity, and resilience.

Take the 2040 Freight Plan survey to give your feedback. This is a good opportunity to help the City understand the challenges Brooklyn faces from heavy freight operations in and around the neighborhood. The survey is open until January 28.

Trash resources

The City of Portland provides resources for trash clean-up. You can learn more in the flyer below (PDF), or on their community clean-up resources webpage.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

Wishing all neighbors a safe and happy winter season

During the rest of 2021 and into the New Year we wish you joy and warmth and encourage you to join us in extending empathy and care to your neighbors and community members after a difficult second year of the pandemic.

For the freezing and snowy weather we’re having this week, our state representative, Rob Nosse, has put together a helpful list of cold weather resources. If you are able and available, also check out the volunteer opportunities to help staff warming centers and more.

While many of us may be celebrating at this time of year, we also know that the holiday season isn’t always celebratory for everyone. If you need mental health support, to talk with someone, or food or social services access, we’ve compiled a few links for you:

  • Lines for Life Racial Equity Line: 503-575-3764. Support by people who have lived experience of racism, weekdays 10am to 7pm
  • Call to Safety: 503-235-5333. Trauma informed support for domestic and sexual abuse survivors, 24/7
  • The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386. Support for queer youth, 24/7 via phone, text, or chat
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. Support for people considering suicide in English and Español, 24/7 – you matter, please call if you are contemplating suicide. Also available for those who have a hearing disability. Chat option available.

Please check out Street Root’s Rose City Resource for a comprehensive list of supportive services.

We look forward to continuing collaborating with all of our Brooklyn neighbors in 2022 and beyond, and we hope for community health and abundance for everyone. Happy New Year, Feliz Año Nuevo!

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Communication Transportation

Speed limit lowered to 30 mph on Powell Blvd

At the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s request, the Oregon Department of Transportation has updated the speed limit on SE Powell Boulevard. The new speed limit is 30 mph from 400 feet west of 7th Avenue to 174th Avenue. The City’s map of speed limits will be updated soon to show this new speed limit.

The reduced speed limit supports the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below).

If you have questions or concerns about this change, please contact PBOT at matthew.kelly@portlandoregon.gov or at (503) 823-5831.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication Neighborhood Event

Socktober sock drive

The Community Connections Committee is sponsoring a sock drive for the month of October as part of Socktober.

You can participate by bringing new and unused adult or children’s socks to drop off locations in the neighborhood:

Donations will be accepted from October 1st to 31st.

If you would like to host a drop-off site, or you would like to collect from family and friends to donate as a group, please email community-connections@brooklyn-neighborhood.org.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication Neighborhood Event

Portland Marathon runs through Brooklyn this weekend

Race details

The Portland Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 3rd. The race begins at 7:00AM and finishes at 2:00PM. The route heads up SE Milwaukie Ave, SE Lafayette St, SE 13th Ave, SE Rhine St, SE Franklin St, and SE McLoughlin Blvd.

Portland Marathon 2021 race route map for Brooklyn

Traffic and parking restrictions

Beginning at 2:00PM on Saturday, parking is prohibited on the race route. Some streets that feed into the race route will also be affected. Any vehicles parked on the street along the route after 2:00PM on Saturday will be courtesy towed. Towed vehicles will be taken to the closest possible street that is not posted as No Parking.

On Sunday during the race, it won’t be possible to drive on or across the race route. Vehicles approaching the race route will be stopped and turned around one block prior to reaching the street until the course has been cleared of runners and re-opened.

For the full details, head to the marathon’s official Brooklyn traffic and parking impact page.

Neighborhood Cheer Challenge

Each neighborhood is given the opportunity to take over a short stretch of the race course and make it their own. Signage, playing music, and decorations are encouraged that represent our unique neighborhood identity. Make the runners’ experience unforgettable!

On the day following the race, runners receive an email with a link to vote for the neighborhood association that they feel most contributed to their experience. The top five associations will receive a financial donation from the race as well as traveling trophies for display.

Volunteering

Volunteers are needed Sunday! The Friends of Brooklyn Park are seeking 8-10 more volunteers to help at the aid station this Sunday. If you can help email info@friendsofbrooklynpark.org.

Times are between 6:30AM to 1:30PM. Volunteers must be 14 years old and up, or 12 years and up with a family member. Masks are required. Gloves and t-shirt will be provided; let them know your shirt size. This takes place in front of Brooklyn Park.

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication diesel-pollution-mitigation Freight Trains Transportation

Public comment and training opportunities

Check out these opportunities to provide your feedback on railroad and air quality rules. There’s also an opportunity to apply for land use & transportation training. Read on for details!

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

Opportunities for clean air action, community feedback, and volunteering

Lots of groups are seeking community feedback and volunteers for a variety of projects — from clean air to tennis courts, and fruit trees to reading tutors.

Read on for details!

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Brooklyn Action Corps Communication

Heat wave resources for this weekend

Hydration stations

Neighbors are setting up 2 stations equipped with coolers filled with ice and water, on Saturday, June 26th, and Sunday, June 27th from 1pm to 6pm:

  • Brooklyn Park
  • Powell Park

If you’re going by either park, please check in on the coolers & refresh ice + waters! Other items welcomed: Ice packs, coconut water, non-chemical sunscreen, aloe vera gel.

Also — have healthy, heat resistant snacks? Drop them off at the Milwaukie & Gideon free fridge & pantry near the MAX station!

Cooling centers

Open 24 hours thru Monday, June 28th:

  • Oregon Convention Center, 960 NE 1st Ave
  • Arbor Lodge Shelter: 1952 N Lombard St
  • Sunrise Center: 18901 E Burnside St

Open noon to 8pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday:

  • Midland Library: 805 SE 122nd Ave
  • Capitol Hill Library: 10723 SW Capitol Hwy
  • Gresham Library: 385 NW Miller Ave
  • Kenton Library: 8226 N Denver Ave
  • Holgate Library: 7905 SE Holgate Blvd

Open Monday, June 28th, noon to 9pm, and Tuesday, June 29th, noon to 5pm: 

  • Multnomah County Friends: 4312 SE Stark St

Other spaces that may have AC:

  • Lloyd Center Mall: 2201 Lloyd Center in NE Portland
  • Powell’s Books Downtown: 1005 W Burnside St 
  • MAX Trains + TriMet Buses

If you need transportation, call 211.

Keeping cool and hydrated

  • Open windows at night to let in cool breeze, then shut them in the morning and close blinds
  • If you have fans, run them intermittently during hottest parts of day and in the evening
  • Minimize alcohol intake and increase water consumption + coconut water & low sugar electrolyte drinks
  • If possible, eat foods that do not need to be cooked on the stove + fresh, cold foods like: melons, grapes, & cucumbers

Community care

  • Check in on elderly neighbors, friends & family, unhoused folks, and those with compromised immune systems or disabilities
  • Create a free hydration station with a cooler, ice, and waters in a shady spot. Set out cool water for animal companions.
  • Donate boxed and bottled water to service providers and free fridges. The nearest one to Brooklyn is at Milwaukie & Gideon.
  • During intense heatwaves, the power grid becomes strained. Try to conserve energy when safe to do so.