Neighborhood Ready

  • The City's crime prevention and disaster preparedness program for neighborhoods.

    As a registered Neighborhood Ready group, the City will support you by:

    • Providing training workshops on reducing opportunities for crime, first aid and emergency preparedness.
    • Providing technical expertise.
    • Installing Neighborhood Watch signs.
    • Providing materials for projects, as possible.

    Neighborhood Ready groups agree to:

    • Work with neighbors to make your neighborhood more resilient to crime and emergencies.
    • Hold an annual event for neighbors, ideally on National Night Out each August.
    • Participate in their Neighborhood Association.

    Start a Neighborhood Ready group 

    1. Call Lina Sizmin at 503-618-2469 in the Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement (ONCE) to fill out a volunteer form and learn how to become a Block Captain.
    2. Invite your neighbors to attend a meeting and fill out copies of the Neighborhood Ready workbook.
      • Establish neighborhood boundaries for your group. Neighborhood finder map
      • Create a neighborhood map and a contact list of members.
      • Identify issues.
      • Develop an action plan.
      • Discuss using Nextdoor as a block organizing tool.
      • Submit your Block Captain information to ONCE.
    3. Provide the ONCE office a copy of your neighborhood map and roster of members, the date your group met, and where to place your two Neighborhood Watch signs. If possible, provide the longitude and latitude coordinates.