What to do in an emergency

BEECN – News Letter article

November 2022

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) sponsors BEECN (Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node) sites throughout the Portland area.  Both East Columbia and Bridgeton Neighborhoods are covered by BEECN NE-10.  After an earthquake, if telephone communications are out of service, the NE-10 BEECN site will set up near the soccer fields at the east end of NE Bridgeton Road.  Volunteers to staff the BEECN site come from both neighborhoods and there are openings for new participants. Can  YOU Help?  For more information contact: 

Gary Kunz garymkunz@comcast.net

Mary Shivell mvshivell@gmail.com 

PBEM Mission

Promote readiness, coordinate response, and build resilience for Portland. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) develops and implements strategic planning, programs, and policies to continually advance the city’s mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

A BEECN is a temporary radio communications site staffed by at least two volunteers after a major earthquake that takes down phone lines. BEECNs are places where you can report severe damage or injury or ask for emergency assistance when phones are down.

It’s best if you can stay at home and remain self-sufficient until help arrives. If that’s not possible, go to a BEECN if you need to call for emergency assistance. To find the closest BEECN, either:

PBEM hopes to have BEECNs up and running within 24 hours of a major earthquake. The reality is that some sites will be activated before that, and others may take longer to establish depending on the damage caused by the quake.

BEECNs are primarily intended for communication purposes—requesting emergency assistance and reporting severe damage. But BEECNs will have information about where people can go to find food, water, shelter and other supplies. They are places for the public to go after a major earthquake to call for help.  For more information go to:



ECNA General Meeting Minutes

7:00 pm Wednesday

9 November 2022 


Columbia Community Bible Church


Gary Kunz, Patrick Henry, Sally Beck, Ron Beck, Karen Myers, Ron Myers, Shayla Garcia,

Steven Boyle, Jim Middaugh – MCDD, Lary England, Brian Luzader, 

A) Treasurer’s Report – Karen Myers

  • No report available, stuck in her computer

B) Sunderland SRV update – Gary Kunz

  • Gary explained that the operating contractor is not in place and City staff are unwilling to engage in Good Neighbor Agreement discussions.  Little information is being shared to the community by the City staff.

C) Jim Middaugh Executive Director of MCDD

  • Jim explained the changes in governance and revenue sources coming to the Drainage District.  He explained that it is possible that future, very rare, rain events could exceed the district’s pumping capacity, but building to handle such rare events would be prohibitively expensive.  Future flood and weather events are expected to differ from past decades but no one can predict the future and proposed changes coming to our infrastructure are based on affordability and expected events.

D) News Letter/Communications Shayla Garcia

  • Shayla explained her intentions and asked for input of information or articles.  She also gave a plea for involvement and community spirit.  It was polite and well received, and prompted a discussion about participation comparing ours to what we witnessed at the Bridgeton Neighborhood meeting.

E) Elections – Gary Kunz

  • There being fewer candidates than open positions, we filled Board Positions by acclamation.  The 2023 Board is as follows:
  • Ron Myers – Position 1
  • Gary Kunz – Position 2
  • Karen Myers – Position 3
  • Sally Beck – Position 4
  • Ron Beck – Position 5
  • Patrick Henry – Position 6
  • Helene Henry – Position 7
  • Vacant – Position 8
  • Shayla Garcia – Position 9

Discuss Designated Camping Sites Meeting

Please join us this Thursday, November 10 from 4:00-5:30pm to discuss issues related to designated camping sites. We will provide an update on camping sites, background on the concept, provide some of our initial thinking on elements of community benefits agreement, and take input and answer questions on all related issues. 


Sam Adams (he/him/his)
Director, Strategic Innovations Group
Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler, City of Portland
1221 SW 4th Avenue, #340, Portland, OR 97204
503-865-6086 work mobile (please use text)

Sam Adams is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Discuss Designated Camping Sites

Time: Nov 10, 2022 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting



Annual election meeting

Please Join Us for the Next General Meeting on Wednesday Nov. 9 What’s New in the East Columbia Neighborhood? Come to the General Meeting & Find Out!   7:00 until 8:30 pm
Columbia Community Bible Church
420 NE Marine Drive

The East Columbia Neighborhood Association will hold the November meeting on Wednesday,
9 November in the Columbia Community Bible Church located at 420 NE Marine Drive.

Business with commence at 7:00 pm and include elections of five news Board Members.

Our current Board is comprised of:

o Ron Myers – Position 1
o Gary Kunz – Position 2
o Karen Myers – Position 3
o Sally Beck – Position 4
o Vacant – Position 5
o Patrick Henry – Position 6
o Helene Henry – Position 7
o Elizabeth Russel – Position 8
o Shayla Garcia – Position 9

This being an even numbered year, we will be electing for positions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 5.
To be eligible for election to the Board you must:
a) Be a resident of the East Columbia neighborhood.
b) Be a non-resident who owns property in the East Columbia neighborhood.
c) Be an individual who holds a business license for premises physically located within
the East Columbia boundaries.
d) Be an agency or other organization that has been granted membership by the ECNA
Board. Such membership must be requested in writing for board consideration.

Additionally, we have invited the Multnomah County Drainage District to make a presentation
covering District Operations, and the up-coming Levee Improvement Project. Copyright © 2022 East Columbia Neighborhood Association, All rights reserved.