By Laura Smith

At the November meeting of the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA), a representative from the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management gave an informative presentation about Emergency Preparedness related to water and sanitation. This included helpful tips about what to put into your emergency box and what you need to set up toilet facilities for your family during an emergency event when our city’s water and sewers are offline.

More speakers are scheduled in the coming months at MTNA meetings. In January, come and meet your police commander, Tashia Hager. Find out if Mt. Hood will blow and other backyard hazards at our February meeting. The hot topic in March will be climate change curriculum for Portland Public Schools.

MTNA invites you to attend our monthly meetings to find out what is happening in our neighborhood. Your volunteer time is needed for land use, traffic safety, fundraising, public testimony and other activities that help to improve our neighborhood. Come to one of our monthly meetings (third Wednesday evening of every month except December) to find out how you can get involved.

The next MTNA meeting will be on Wednesday, January 15, 7 pm at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church, SE 54th and Belmont, downstairs in the dining hall, with social time starting at 6:50 pm.