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Items required by Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training program, as well as other Community Emergency Response Teams, can be individually selected below. NETs are neighborhood volunteers who are deployed after a disaster (such as an earthquake) to provide immediate assistance to neighbors, and to radio status information back to PBEM. Besides being first responders, NETs are PBEM’s eyes and ears on the ground and will be responsible for providing it with real-time information necessary for resource allocation and decision-making. Portland’s NET program is one of the largest community response team (CERT) programs in the country, and it is open to anyone, free, rewarding, and important. Consider joining, or learn more at PBEM NET website.

As with all our products, if you decide you don’t like something, you can return it for a full refund within 30 days if unused and in original packaging. Select, deselect, or change whatever you like, and we’ll ship your items to you for free. Portland Earthquake Kits gives a 10% discount on all items sold in our store to PBEM employees, volunteers, and Portland NETs, if you haven’t received a coupon code, you can request one from us using the contact form. If you represent a CERT program in another city and would like to request a coupon code for your organization, please contact us via our contact form.


NET/CERT items
Tactical backpack

Tactical Backpack

This rugged, versatile backpack comes in medium or large, to carry everything you need. It’s square shape makes it a bit less comfortable to carry long distances, but makes up for it in accessibility and organization.  2 separate internal compartments, one large with full zipper (3 sides) so it can be completely opened, which is great for finding items quickly. 2nd internal compartment also has long, 3/4 zipper, and there are two front pockets for smaller items. Comes with plenty of molle straps for clipping or attaching items. Fully adjustable shoulder straps.

Comes in two sizes: Medium, approx. 19″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″ and Large, approx. 21″ x 12″ x 12″.

Emergency Bag

All-Around Emergency Bag

Measuring approximately 21″ by 12″ by 8″, this sporty backpack has the style and features of a more expensive day pack, yet with a price that won’t make you feel bad about leaving it for when you really need it. You can always grab another one for the trail! It’s sized to fit what you need, and still be comfortable to carry long distances if necessary, with a large main compartment, a large external pocket for easy-grab items, a zippered small outside pocket, and two mesh side pockets for water bottles etc. Also comes with extra straps for carrying or attaching items.



After an earthquake, navigating through damaged buildings and crowded streets will be confusing. Having your hands free to carry any items you need, hold other people, or move things out of the way will be a big help. A headlamp is also nearly essential for two handed tasks like attending to wounds.  These basic headlamps take 3 AAA batteries and can flip down in order not to shine in other people’s faces. Consider buying extra batteries.


Helmet Clips (4)

Helmet clips (4)

As a NET team member, you are going to find it convenient to have a light source on your helmet. With helmet clips, the band will stay on your helmet without sliding off.

Emergency radio with hand crank

Emergency Radio & USB Charger

Our top choice for value and versatility, after testing several options and reading many reviews. FM, AM, and Weather channels and a rechargeable 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery that can be charged via an outlet, small solar panel, or hand crank. Additionally takes 3 AAA batteries as a second power source.

This radio can be used to charge your cell phones or any other USB-rechargeable device. With no electricity, radios will also be an important source of news and entertainment.

Image of a document storage case with clipboard

Clipboard storage case

Plastic, folding clipboard-document storage case combo for safeguarding forms, documents, or other paper materials. Fits approximately 100 sheets of letter size paper and includes pencil/pen holder inside. For professional/volunteer use as a CERT, emergency responder, etc., this will help you keep forms organized and dry in bad weather, and give you a nice surface for writing. For personal use, this storage case can be used to store important documents, such as home titles, marriage licenses, passports, financial documents, etc. Unfortunately, disasters often entail filling out forms (FEMA applications, financial aid, etc.) and keeping track of them.

Image of expandable file folder for organizing documents

Expandable Document Organizer

Expandable portable file folder with 13 pockets, for safeguarding important documents. If you need to evacuate after or in the face of an emergency, you should bring important documents with you. These include identifying information, such as birth or marriage certificates, passports, titles or deeds, financial documents including bank, loan, or asset information, medical and/or immunization documents, etc. An excellent checklist can be found here. For CERTS or emergency professionals, these provide a convenient way to organize any forms you may have to carry.

KN95 Healthcare Mask

KN95 Disposable Healthcare Mask

Flat-fold, white, universal size.

Note: KN95s are Chinese masks that are not FDA approved.  Until U.S. masks are readily available at a reasonable price, we are substituting these, to be used as dust masks in a post-earthquake situation. They are also effective against diseases such as COVID 19.

Basic duct tape

Duct Tape

One roll of Duck brand utility duct tape, 10 yards, max temperature rating of 200 degrees. Recommended!

Image of rolls of colored duct tape for victim categorization during triage, after an earthquake

Colored Triage Tape

When performing triage after a major earthquake or similar disaster, CERTS/NETS may be asked to categorize people seeking medical aid based on the severity of their injuries. These small rolls of green, yellow, and red duct tape can be used to temporarily mark victims to help aid providers prioritize care. Each roll is 3/4 of an inch wide and about 2 inches across, small enough to fit in one hand. The tape can be easily torn with your fingers, while strong and sticky enough to stay on a person even in wet weather and will not blow away in the wind.

Comes attached with a zip tie, two additional 12 inch zip ties are included to facilitate easy attachment to a backpack, etc., either directly or via a carabiner.

Wristbands that you can insert cheat sheets to include reminders for guidelines

Cheat Sheet Wristband

If you are starting out as a new CERT or NET, this may be a handy accessory to help you remember some of the more formal elements of the guidelines you follow. It’s a flexible, waterproof, comfortable wrist sleeve with three plastic windows that you can insert notes in. One is visible immediately, the second and third are visible when you open a velcro flap. Comes with three handy cheat sheets: the phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, etc.), size-up guidelines when arriving at a scene, and search markings for writing on doors of buildings searched by CERT teams. Or make your own.

grease pencils, white and black

Grease Pencils

Grease pencils can be used by CERTS/NETS for marking buildings or other surfaces, including wood, metal, plastic, rubber, ceramic, etc. It doesn’t wipe off easily, but can be cleaned away and won’t cause permanent damage. These can also write on skin, for example, for marking victims. Includes 1 black pencil and 1 white pencil for each unit selected.

Image of 3 colored grease pencils

Colored Grease Pencils (3)

Green, red, and yellow grease pencils for by CERTS/NETS triage purposes. These pencils can be “sharpened” manually by peeling off layers, and can be used to mark forms, wood/metal/glass surfaces, and in some cases clothing. In testing, we did not find that these work well on human skin.

4 in 1 tool

On Duty 4 in 1 Tool

This tool is used to turn off residential gas or water, or for prying open doors or windows.
Aluminum tool is 11″ tall x 5 1/2″ wide x 1″ depth, fits easily in a backpack, is light and non-sparking. However, think carefully about whether you would use this item in an emergency. If you are at your home, you could turn off your gas with simple shut-off tool (see below) and a proper pry-bar would be more efficient. This is primarily for portable professional use by firefighters and NETs who may have to deal with residential issues, including opening doors.

Also note that some user have complained that the tool is too bulky to use for some residential gas lines.

Laminated city map of Portland or Seattle

Laminated city map (Portland or Seattle)

Laminated city map of Portland and surrounding area. If you need to walk home, you won’t want to take the same route you drove, and many roads will be impassable. You may need to consult a map to navigate your way.

Anti-Fog Safety Glasses

Anti-Fog Safety Glasses

These plastic glasses are the size of normal glasses and come with an anti-fog coating. They fit more snugly than the larger safety glasses. If you want the feel of sunglasses that stick tightly to your face, these may be a good option.

safety glasses

Large Safety Glasses

These lightweight plastic glasses are smaller and lighter than traditional safety goggles, while covering a similar area. They can be worn on their own, and also have a lip along the brow to sit comfortably over prescription glasses. They also cling to the sides of your head so they don’t fall off when you lean over, which is important when doing paperwork or attending to injuries.

Pry Bar

15 Inch Pry Bar

This steel, flat pry bar fits comfortably in your backpack, is not too heavy, and can be used to pry open a door or car door or lift a heavy object high enough to get fingers under. However, before adding this weight to your bag, think about how long you may have to walk with your bag on your back. Sometimes packing light is packing smart.

Knee Pads

Knee Pads

Knee pads make your life a lot more comfortable if you are tending to injured people, crawling in tight spaces, or other work that requires kneeling. However, as a NET/CERT you may not end up wearing these very often. We recommend these soft-cap knee pads, which are light, inexpensive, take up little space in your bag, and are easy to slip on and off when needed. Hard cap and gel cap knee pads are more comfortable for people who anticipate spending a lot of time on their knees, but they can be difficult to balance on and can make movements more clumsy. Also, bulkier pads can restrict motion and have a greater tendency to slide down when you walk.

Work gloves

Textured Palm Work Gloves

After any major disaster you can expect a big mess. In the case of an earthquake, there will be rubble to move and a lot of broken glass. Think about protecting your hands – especially since you won’t want to waste water on cleaning wounds. Leather work gloves are nice for moving debris, but are very difficult to use when writing things down, using radios or other devices, or digging things out of your backpack.  These are comfortable, form fitting, and are easy to use for tasks that require dexterity while having the protection you need in handling rough objects. One note of caution though: never use a synthetic glove for picking up burning or extremely hot items.

If your gloves do not fit properly, contact us to exchange them for a different size.

Leather work gloves for emergency kit

Leather Palm Work Gloves

If you anticipate major cleanup activities after an earthquake involving heavy rubble, nails or other sharp objects, leather gloves provide excellent protection. Leather gloves also offer more padding for the hands and protection from hot or burning objects. However, they are bulky and poorly suited for tasks that involve filling out forms, handling controls (e.g., on a radio, phone, etc.), or taking items in and out of backpacks, containers, etc. These work gloves have a leather palm with fabric backing and knit cuffs for warmth and comfort. One size fits all.

Leatherman Wingman

Leatherman Wingman Multi-Tool

For people who are looking for a good quality knife or cutting tool, the Leatherman Wingman is a beautifully designed multi-tool made by a great Portland company. We found this multi-too to be the best option we tested, based on craftsmanship, price, and utility. If you don’t want a multitool, make sure your emergency bag has a small cutting tool (knife, scissors) and a can opener.


  1. Spring-action needlenose pliers
  2. Spring-action regular pliers
  3. Wire stripper
  4. 420HC Combo knife
  5. Spring action scissors
  6. Package opener
  7. Ruler
  8. Can opener
  9. Bottle opener
  10. Wood/metal file
  11. Phillips screwdriver
  12. Medium screwdriver
  13. Small screwdriver


100 ft of Paracord

550 Paracord

Some kind of string, cord, or rope is often useful in an emergency situation. This 100% nylon paracord, also known as 550 Cord, is a commercial Type III cord with a minimum break strength of 550 lbs. Its kernmantle construction with an outer sheath and 7 inner strands is elastic and durable, made in the USA. 100 feet long. However, think about where you will be using your emergency bag. If you expect to be in a residential area, string and rope may be readily available, and your money may be better spent elsewhere. If you are likely to be on your own, this may be a more important item in your kit.

Emergency Blanket

Emergency Blanket

Foil mylar emergency blanket, waterproof, reflects up to 90% of body heat. Good for treating shock. 52″ by 84″, waterproof and weatherproof.

energizer max batteries

Energizer Max batteries (4-pack AAA)

Don’t forget batteries! You will want to have at least enough to power any devices you purchase here, and an extra set or two is not a bad idea. Soon after a disaster batteries may be in short supply, and when they are available you will probably have to wait in line to get them. Batteries can also be used for trading.

Don’t rely on cheap batteries. Energizer Max batteries are top rated, zero mercury alkaline batteries with a 10 year life span and leakage protection for 2 years after fully used – which may be important as used batteries will be a major waste issue. Please note that if you put batteries in your devices, they are more likely to lose power in storage.

Image of 4-Pack of Energizer Max AA batteries

Energizer Max batteries (4-pack AA)

Don’t forget batteries! You will want to have at least enough to power any devices you purchase here, and an extra set or two is not a bad idea. Soon after a disaster batteries may be in short supply, and when they are available you will probably have to wait in line to get them. Batteries can also be used for trading.

Don’t rely on cheap batteries. Energizer Max batteries are top rated, zero mercury alkaline batteries with a 10 year life span and leakage protection for 2 years after fully used – which may be important as used batteries will be a major waste issue. Please note that if you put batteries in your devices, they are more likely to lose power in storage.



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