First Aid / CPR
First Aid training provides you with basic medical skills that can save lives. Classes are offered by the Red Cross, the American Heart Association, local community colleges, and many other organizations. You can also learn Hands-Only CPR, which is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths.
Wilderness First Aid
Wilderness First Aid focuses on improvisational medicine and situations where dialing 911 is not an option. Classes are offered by National Outdoor Leadership School, REI Outdoor School, and Wilderness Medical Association.
Psychological First Aid
Emotional assistance is critical during an emergency. Emotional First Aid classes are offered locally by the Trauma Intervention Program and other programs. In Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, visit GetTrainedToHelp.com to find a Mental Health First Aid class near you.
Stop the Bleed
Uncontrolled bleeding is a major cause of preventable death. Approximately 40% of trauma-related deaths worldwide are due to bleeding or its consequences.
Stop the Bleed is a national campaign to get people trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Online and in-person resources are available.
Community Emergency Response Teams
Know what to do when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Join your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERTs), Neighborhood Emergency Team (NETs), or Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERTs). Get trained to help others in your neighborhood or workplace following a disaster.
Basic training is free and provides basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, radio communication, and disaster medical operations. Some programs offer advanced training, such as psychological first aid, volunteer management, crowd control, shelter staffing, knot tying, and more. Learn More about CERT/NET/NERT programs in the Portland Metro Region, and sign up today!
- City of Portland: Portland NET Program
- Washington County: Beaverton CERT, Hillsboro CERT, Tigard CERT
- Multnomah County: Multnomah County CERT, Corbett Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT)
- Columbia County: Columbia County Citizen Corps
- Clark County: Clark Regional CERT Program
- Clackamas County: Clackamas Fire District
Nationally, the Hispanic community is one of the most vulnerable and most severely impacted during and after a disaster. Listos is a grass-roots disaster preparedness program for Spanish-speaking communities. Its goal is to help participants become better prepared to help their family and the community in case of emergencies and disasters. The program is culturally and linguistically appropriate and meets the individual needs of the communities it serves.
Amateur radio (or HAM radio) will work even when modern communication devices fail. If you’re interested in getting your amateur radio license, visit the Amateur Radio Emergency Service website. To get involved in your local radio community, check out your County's program: Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Washington County.
The Extension Service
The Extension Service partners with state universities to provide educational activities to create positive changes in individuals, community, and the environment. Learn how to grow and preserve your own food, raise livestock, conserve water, protect wildlife, and increase your community's vitality. These skills can contribute to personal and community resilience in the face of disasters and climate change. Find your area Extension Service (Clackamas County, Clark County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Washington County)
FEMA Online Training
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free online courses through their Emergency Management Institute. They are designed for emergency management professionals and the general public.
- Are you Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
- Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
- Household Hazardous Materials - A Guide for Citizens
- Earthquake Basics: Science, Risk, and Mitigation
- Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness
(Schools, businesses, and faith- or community-based organizations)
- Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools
- Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
- Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship
- Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools
- Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster
- The Role of Voluntary Organizations in Emergency Management