What is a Climate Resilience Hub?
Climate Resilience Hubs are organizations—local businesses, nonprofits, churches, schools, and others—that have committed to providing assistance to the community before, during, and after extreme weather events.
This assistance can be educational (providing customers with pamphlets about emergency preparedness, or with maps marking the locations of rapid warming shelters during a heavy snowfall) or material (allowing customers to charge their phones, or use on-site medical supplies during an emergency).
Why do we need them?
As climate change makes extreme weather worse and less predictable, emergency services are increasingly overstretched. Climate Resilience Hubs provide relief by empowering local institutions to share the load and work on behalf of their communities.
How will people recognize hubs?
Hubs will be provided with a window decal indicating the types of services they provide during extreme weather events. Hubs will also be mapped online and on handouts distributed to other hubs in the community. A mockup decal is below.
This decal indicates that during an extreme weather event, community members can come to this location for information, device charging, medical supplies, and temporary shelter.
What are hubs expected to do?
All hubs are expected to display the Climate Resilience Hub window decal and have brochures about extreme weather preparedness available to their patrons. All hubs are also expected to organize at least one yearly educational event about emergency preparedness.
Beyond that, hubs are encouraged to think independently (and work with CREW) to determine what additional services they might be able to provide to the community. During a heavy snowfall, for example, a Hub might open its doors to non-customers to get warm, stay open later than usual, and have weather forecast information readily on hand.
Hubs are also encouraged to make an optional $100 contribution to help fund the broader Climate Resilience Hub program. For a full list of potential actions, see below.
When will hubs be called upon?
Hubs will be called upon to provide services during an extreme weather event. “Extreme weather” in greater Boston is defined as:
Extreme heat: any single day with a heat index of ≥100ºF
Heatwave: the 3rd+ day where temperatures are ≥90ºF
Extreme cold: any single day with nighttime low temperatures between 30-40ºF
Major winter storm: any single day with ≥6 inches of snowfall predicted.
Blizzard: any single day with winds ≥35 MPH and a prolonged (≥3 hour) period of snowfall
When any of the following are issued by the National Weather Service for a nearby area:
- Winter Storm Warning
- Blizzard Warning
- Hurricane Warning
- Flash Flood Warning
- Coastal Flood Warning
- Excessive Heat Warning
- Heat Advisory
- Heat Wave
- Wind Chill Warning
- Wind Chill Advisory
What support will hubs receive?
CREW will provide hubs with a window decal and educational material on emergency preparedness. CREW can also provide hubs with sample workshops, presentations, and role-playing activities related to extreme weather preparedness.
CREW will maintain an online database of hubs with information about the services that each hub provides for distribution and use by community members. CREW will also facilitate inter-hub coordination and sharing of best-practices. Finally, CREW will alert hubs to impending extreme weather events and help hubs connect to emergency managers before, during, and after these events.
Pending grant funding, CREW may also be able to provide hubs with a starter medical kit for community use during an emergency.
Potential hub actions:
- Display Climate Resilience Hub window decal
- Make climate/emergency preparedness information available to patrons
- Host a yearly (or more frequent) event related to climate preparedness
- Have a generator onsite in case of power outages
- Extend business hours (or allow access to space) during extreme weather events
- Display a poster in a window if an extreme weather advisory/warning is issued by the National Weather Service
- Provide temporary overnight shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness during extreme weather events
- Provide temporary daytime shelter during extreme weather events
- Have a medical kit onsite for use during emergencies
- Conduct a preparedness training for staff
- Provide access to backup food/water/electricity/refrigeration during extreme weather events
- Install solar + battery systems onsite
- Host a CREW team / heat team during the summer months
To inquire about becoming a Climate Resilience Hub, contact us below.