What is a Climate Resilience Hub?

Climate Resilience Hubs are organizations—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.

When will hubs self-activate?

A Hub might “activate” to provide services during a range of extreme weather and emergency events, such as when one of the following is 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

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.

This decal indicates that during an extreme weather event, community members can find information, device charging, medical supplies, and temporary shelter at this location.


Potential hub actions:

 
Educational
    • Display a Climate Resilience Hub window decal
    • Make climate/emergency preparedness information (provided by CREW) available to patrons
    • Host a yearly (or more frequent) event related to climate preparedness
    • Display a poster in a window if an extreme weather advisory/warning is issued by the National Weather Service
    • Conduct a preparedness training for staff

    Material
    • Provide a space for the public to charge their phones and devices
    • Provide public internet access during emergencies
    • Provide temporary daytime shelter and restroom access during emergencies
    • Have a medical kit onsite for use during emergencies
    • Extend business hours (or allow access to space) during emergencies
    • Host a CREW team / heat team during the summer months
    • Provide access to backup food, water, electricity, or refrigeration during an extreme weather event
    • Install a solar panel + battery system onsite in case of power outages
    • Install a generator onsite in case of power outages
    • Provide temporary overnight shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness during extreme weather events

To inquire about becoming a Climate Resilience Hub, contact us below.