What is a Climate Resilience Hub?

Climate Resilience Hubs are community institutions—local businesses, nonprofits, libraries, churches, schools, and others—that have committed to providing assistance to the community before, during, and after extreme weather events. This assistance can be in the form of educational events and information, or material items and services, like phone charging during a power outage.

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.

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 available.

Hubs are also encouraged to make an optional contribution to help fund the broader Climate Resilience Hub program. For a full list of potential actions, see the following page.

3 levels: Be a Hub, Center or Shelter

Hubs can commit to 3 different levels of action:

  • Climate Resilience Hub

    • Serve as outreach, education, and engagement hub for your community
      • Put up a Climate Resilience Hub Decal on the main entrance of your building
      • Permanently host literature around climate preparedness
      • Host at least one educational event event per year around climate preparedness
  • Climate Resilience Center

    • Serve as outreach, education, and engagement hub for your community
      • Put up a Climate Resilience Hub Decal on the main entrance of your building
      • Permanently host literature around climate preparedness
      • Host at least one educational event event per year around climate preparedness
    • Serve as electricity/internet/cooling provider during extreme weather events
      • Provide cooling to the community
      • Establish and maintain a formal connection to municipal emergency managers
      • Provide a charging station
      • Provide an emergency medical kit
  • Climate Resilience Shelter

    • Serve as outreach, education, and engagement hub for your community
      • Put up a Climate Resilience Hub Decal on the main entrance of your building
      • Permanently host literature around climate preparedness
      • Host at least one educational event event per year around climate preparedness
    • Serve as electricity/internet/cooling provider during extreme weather events
      • Provide cooling to the community
      • Establish and maintain a formal connection to municipal emergency managers
      • Provide a charging station
      • Provide an emergency medical kit
    • Serve as overnight, powered, supply-equipped emergency shelter during extreme weather events
      • Provide daytime and overnight shelter to the community in case of extreme weather events
      • Have a back-up energy resource to fully power your building
      • Have sufficient emergency food and medical supplies for sheltering population
      • Have a formal connection to municipal emergency managers

What support will hubs receive?

CREW will provide hubs with a window decal and educational materials 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.

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.

To inquire about becoming a Climate Resilience Hub, contact Rev. Vernon K Walker at vernon@climatecrew.org.