Find out more about the hub program and how to join! Attend one of our outreach events in May:
- Thursday May 6th, 3-3:30pm Eastern time - special event for faith communities, but open to anyone. Register here.
- Thursday May 13th, 7-7:30pm Eastern time. Register here.
- Tuesday May 18th, 12-12:30pm Eastern time. Register here.
- Monday May 24th, 7-7:30pm Eastern time. Register here.
Can't make it to our outreach events, but still interested in the hub program? Please fill out our interest form or contact us below and we will send you information on how to apply. We encourage you to apply by June 1st to be welcomed into the newest cohort of hubs.
WHAT IS A CLIMATE RESILIENCE HUB?
Climate Resilience Hubs are community institutions — libraries, churches, schools, nonprofits, local businesses and others — that help educate residents about extreme weather preparedness and other impacts of climate change. If they choose, hubs can also help residents respond to extreme weather events through material assistance. For instance, hubs can provide phone charging during a power outage, provide air conditioning during a heatwave, organize welfare checks on vulnerable neighbors, or deliver other services.
WHY DO WE NEED THEM?
As climate change makes extreme weather worse and less predictable, emergency services are increasingly overstretched. Climate Resilience Hubs prepare residents before emergencies strike, so that residents are equipped and know what to do.
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 (digital copies provided by CREW). All hubs are also expected to organize at least one yearly educational event about emergency preparedness.
Beyond that, hubs are encouraged to work with local emergency managers and community partners to determine what additional services they might 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. Although the services that Hubs can provide are limited by Covid-19, there are still many options available. Talk with your local emergency managers to determine what services are best for your location, or contact CREW for assistance.
Hubs are also encouraged to make an optional contribution to help fund the broader Climate Resilience Hub program. Please visit https://www.climatecrew.org/donate to learn more.
UNDER DEVELOPMENT: 3 LEVELS OF HUBS
Currently, CREW can support hubs in providing outreach, education, and engagement to your community. CREW is currently developing a three-level system to recognize hubs that provide different levels of emergency support to their communities. Stay tuned for updates, or contact CREW for more information.
Level 1 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 display literature around climate preparedness (digital copies provided by CREW)
- Host at least one educational event per year around climate preparedness
Level 2 Hub (coming soon):
Fulfill the functions of Level 1, PLUS
- Provide direct support to your community during extreme weather events, during the day. Support could include heat, air conditioning, electricity, phone charging, first aid, and more. Specific requirements coming soon!
- Communicate with local emergency managers about your plans.
Level 3 Hub (coming soon):
Fulfill the functions of Levels 1 and 2, PLUS:
- Serve as an overnight, powered, supply-equipped emergency shelter during extreme weather events.
- 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 presentations and role-playing activities related to extreme weather preparedness. Additionally, CREW will facilitate inter-hub coordination and sharing of best practices, through optional bimonthly meetings and a channel of communication.
HOW WILL PEOPLE RECOGNIZE HUBS?
Hubs will be provided with a window decal recognizing the institution as a hub. Hubs will also be mapped online and on handouts distributed to other hubs in the community. A mockup decal is pictured below.
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE OR EXPRESS INTEREST?
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