First Responder 5K Slated for June 1 in Tigard, OR

From Press Release –

What do you do when you come home to see your neighbor’s home is on fire?  There are many different “emergency” scenarios where some level of preparedness or awareness is necessary for the safety and well-being of your family, property and community.  SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin & SERVPRO of Beaverton are hosting a benefit 5K Fun Run/Walk to help raise awareness and preparedness for emergency scenarios; from residential water damages to catastrophic events.  While celebrating the efforts of our communities’ emergency first responders like the American Red Cross, our local Fire, Police, Medical and Support Responders who are constantly being hero’s during emergencies.  This 5K Run/Walk will be June 1st at Cook Park in Tigard, Oregon and welcomes walkers & runners of all ages and 100% of race proceeds go directly to our local American Red Cross chapter.

September is “National Preparedness Month”, but the subject of emergency preparedness and educating the public is a year-round effort.  Emergency responders are out in the trenches 24/7/365, but most people caught in an emergency scenario are far from ready and don’t have a plan.  The Red Cross continually works at a national level to teach their preparedness message to as many people as possible.  In speaking with Levi Johnson, the local Cascades Region Preparedness Outreach Coordinator, who is one of the key educators around Portland, “Preparedness is something that we can participate in every day.  It goes beyond extra food and water- it’s about bolstering our community’s resilience so we can bounce back from anything that comes our way, and hopefully make a few in the process.”  Noted Levi, who was carrying a stack of pamphlets with instructions to “Make a Plan, Build a Kit, Get Trained, Volunteer, & Give Blood.”  Levi added, “Our group is excited to have partners in the community who deal with emergencies as often as we do and that are just as dedicated to getting more and more people prepared.”

Liberty Mutual Insurance is a title sponsor of the First Responder 5K, along with SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin & SERVPRO of Beaverton who developed the concept for this fun run.  Steven Eberlein, interim Chief Development Officer for the Cascades Region Red Cross has been overseeing the race development.  “(American Red Cross) does a lot of fund raising events, but what we have with this 5K is a great opportunity to also have a FUN event that can get many community members involved.”  Eberlein later added “Kids get to participate for free, there is an element of health and fitness, we get to be outdoors at one of our metro’s nicest parks and it’s even a pet friendly event.  This should be great for all involved.”  Portland Fire, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue as well as others will have information and tips about what to do before, during and after a disaster.

Participants who register in advance will get a great full-sleeve race shirt and have a chance to meet Firemen, Red Cross Volunteers and experts in post-disaster property recovery.  On-line registration is available now at and will continue until May 31st, 2014, early registration is highly recommended.  This race course runs through three popular parks Cook Park, Tualatin Community Park, and Durham City Park.  On June 1st, registration and Awareness Fair opens at 11am, with the Fun/Run kicking off at noon.  “We are hoping to attract runners, walkers, health-minded and awareness-minded citizens who believe in and support the American Red Cross mission,” Rosendahl concluded.

SERVPRO of Tigard/Tualatin & SERVPRO of Beaverton is a local family owned and operated business that does mitigation and restoration for water damage, fire damage, contents cleaning, Large Loss and Commercial mitigation, mold remediation, bio-hazard clean up, environmental clean-up, carpet cleaning and deodorization all over the greater Portland-Metro and surrounding communities.

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