Community engagement event promotes emergency preparedness at PCC

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Portland Community College is gearing up for its first Emergency Preparedness and Safety event, inviting students, staff, and the wider community to join in and learn vital preparedness measures. The affair, scheduled across multiple campuses from April 25 to May 2, aims to educate attendees on various aspects of emergency preparedness, including personal and pet readiness, campus safety, and more.


  • Thursday, April 25 – Southeast Campus (2305 S.E. 82nd and Division)
  • Friday, April 26 – Rock Creek Campus (17705 N.W. Springville Rd)
  • Wednesday, May 1 – Sylvania Campus (12000 S.W. 49th Ave.)
  • Thursday, May 2 – Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.)

    Freya the safety dog

    Freya, the Preparedness Pup.

Among the highlights of this initiative is the presence of Freya, the Preparedness Pup, who will assist in demonstrating first aid techniques for pets. Additionally, PCC Emergency Preparedness Manager Lorraine Churchill and the college’s Department of Public Safety team will be on hand to provide guidance and information.

“Our preparedness and safety events serve to help each person gain greater personal strength through preparedness, information sharing and activities,” said Churchill, who has given talks internationally on disaster preparedness and response.

The event also offers opportunities for attendees to learn about signing up for emergency alerts, acquiring essential supplies, and engaging with volunteer opportunities in disaster management. Local first responders will participate as their schedules allow, further enhancing the educational experience.

With the Pacific Northwest prone to various hazards, the event emphasizes the importance of preparing for all types of disaster. Attendees are encouraged to participate actively in these sessions to enhance their safety and resilience in the face of potential crises. For more information or inquiries, contact, or visit

In case of emergency, individuals are reminded to call 971-722-4444 or 911 for assistance.

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, is the Director of Public Relations at Portland Community College. A graduate of Portland State University, James has worked as a section editor for the Newberg Graphic... more »