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A Message from Reed College (re: the Coronavirus crisis)

July 8, 2020

Dear neighbors,

I write to share important information about Reed’s COVID-19 prevention and response plan that impacts public access to campus. First, I want to thank you for being great neighbors. We have enjoyed seeing you out and about on the campus grounds, and we have missed inviting you to concerts, lectures, and other campus events.

In the spring, Reed moved classes online and made adjustments to college operations to ensure the health and safety of the 150 students who remained on campus. We implemented physical-distancing protocols, made the Reed canyon trails one-way to eliminate intersecting traffic, and controlled access to buildings. We have appreciated your compliance with these changes.

Unavoidably, more changes are ahead of us as we approach the fall semester. We recently announced that Reed students will be returning to campus in August for in-person instruction. We arrived at this decision understanding that the threat the virus poses is still very much with us and that we are now better prepared to face it. Our prevention and response plan is informed by national, state, and local public health guidelines and is being carefully executed.

Reed will be following the guidance of the Oregon Health Authority and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and closing the campus to public access beginning August 3. The closure, which will remain in effect until further notice, encompasses the entire campus, including the library and other facilities, parking lots, lawns, sports fields, canyon trails, and off-leash dog areas. While this decision was difficult to make, we believe it is a necessary step to reduce campus density and lessen the risk of coronavirus transmission.

For more than 100 years, we have enthusiastically welcomed our neighbors to Reed. We deeply value our connections with the entire community, especially those of you who frequent the campus. We know this will disappoint many, but we believe this extraordinary measure is necessary to ensure the health of our community.

We all look forward to the day when we can invite you back. Until that day, we thanks you for your cooperation, and we wish you good health.


Kevin Myers
Director of Communications
Public Affairs
Reed College

Novel Coronavirus Covid-19 Resources and Updates


Fellow Eastmoreland Neighbors, There is a blizzard of coverage in the media, but you will likely find reliable information updates in the following four links. The City of Portland link includes information and guidance for accessing services, closures, and local governance. The Multnomah County, Oregon Health Authority, and CDC sites address health issues related to Covid-19. 

Please be vigilant in adhering to statewide guidance for protecting yourself and especially those around you. Keep in mind that even if you feel great, you may be a carrier and if exercising vigorously (like running) your physical distance from others should be increased. Together we will slow the contagion and survive to see the other side of this world-wide pandemic.

With Appreciation, ENA Board of Directors, Rod Merrick President

Visiting the Reed College Campus:

211 Info. 211info connects people with health and social service organizations:

Portland NET (Portland Neighborhood Emergency Team) Coordinator’s File Cabinet:

City of Portland Coronavirus Covid-19 Information and Resources:

Multnomah County Coronavirus Covid-19 website:

Oregon Health Authority Coronavirus Covid-19 Updates:

Centers for Disease Control website:

ENA Board Meeting, Thursday, April 16th, 7-9 PM. Due to the coronavirus crisis, this meeting will be held via online video for board and audio for members by request

To request invitation, please send email to meeting host:

DRAFT AGENDA   (click here for a printable PDF)

6:55   Sign-in, participant identification (5 minutes)

7:00   Introductions

7:05   Approval of Agenda – Board

7:07   Approval of Meeting Notes – Review andadoption of March minutes.  Dinah Adkins.

7:10   Treasurer’s Quarter 1 Report. David Dowell (5min)

7:15   Green Spaces Maintenance Funding Task Force –  Tree Health Assessment– Bauman (5 min)

7:20   Covid-19 Response – open discussion of needed ENA actions. (10 min)

7:25   Reset ENA Garage Sale and Neighborhood Cleanup timelines. Paul Henson for (Amy Reiersgaard), Matt Morovsky (5 min)

7: 30  Nominations Committee Update (10 min)

7:40  Elections Committee Update (10 min)

7:50  Options for Annual Meeting (10 min)

8:00 Committee Reports

  • Communications Committee Report – Kristiana Nelson, Andy Payne (10 min)
    • ENA Newsletter –Joe Dudman
    • Enewsletter: Communicating agenda and adopted minutes
    • Facebook and eblast and eNewsletter assignments
    • Communications policy acknowledgements
  • Historic District: Rule making update if any. Rod Merrick (2 minutes)
  • Schools Committee- Matt Timberlake and George Bengtson(5 min)
  • Development Committee Task Force – Action Planupdate–  Paul  Henson (5 min)
  •  Welcoming Committee –Carlson and Warner (5 min)
  • SEUL Board Report –  Christian Solsby   (5 min)
  • SEUL Land  Use and Transportation (meeting suspended) – Lila Brightbill (0 min)
  • Transportation/Parking/Sidewalks. Web presence. Russ Monson (5 min)
  • Tree Committee – Tree Team at al.(10 minutes)
    • 100 Tree for 100 years implementation plan update
    • Large canopy tree implementation update
  • Land Use Committee –  Rod Merrick (10 minutes)
    • Multnomah NA vs Portland –Oregon Supreme Court Appeal
    • Notices and requested comment from City
    • Land Use – New Issues Discussion

8:55       Final Comments and Adjourn

Agenda Requests for May; To request a topic for listing on the Draft Agenda, please contact 14 days prior to the Board Meeting date. To receive notice of the agenda by email, please go to the ENA webpage, scroll down and enter your name and email. In accordance with our 2018 Communications Policy, this email list is used only to communicate with our members. Thank you.

Meetings on the Reed College Campus have been cancelled for the month of April.

Eastmoreland Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness House Parties

Eastmoreland Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness House Parties

Last year the Eastmoreland Emergency Preparedness Committee launched an educational program aimed at teaching our neighbors how to prepare for a widespread emergency. Our neighborhood is resuming this program again this year and we are requesting volunteers from each block in Eastmoreland to host two evening “block parties”. These parties will be taught by a trained neighborhood emergency responder and will cover information on the types of disasters most likely to occur in Portland and how to prepare for these disasters for yourself, your family and as a block. The goal of these preparedness parties is for our neighborhood to achieve the most positive outcome possible when disaster strikes. It is a startling fact that if a widespread disaster were to occur, Portland’s emergency response system (police, fire and medical teams) would be overwhelmed. Most likely, during a disaster you will need to depend on yourself and your neighbors. By hosting the two block parties you will learn how to be prepared for disaster, your neighbors’ skill sets and resources and establish or strengthen neighborhood ties.

We are ready to schedule these block parties once you contact us. Again, we will bring all the educational materials and instruct the programs, you just need to invite your neighbors and open your home. Help us build a more resilient community! Please consider volunteering to be a host.  For more information or to sign up as a host send us an email at