Community Emergency Hubs
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What is a Community Emergency Hub?
Community Emergency Hubs are a made up of a group of people who agree to meet at a pre-determined locations following a major disaster to share information, resources, problem solve and support each other. Unlike a SNAP neighborhood, Hubs are larger areas that encompass several neighborhoods.
While the Office of Emergency Management supports Community Emergency Hubs, the mission of the Hub is accomplished solely through community volunteers. Currently there are more than 50 Hubs organized throughout the city. Each hub reflects the unique character of the community they serve, and may look different from location to location.
Community Emergency Hubs are pre-determined locations designated by community members. Following an emergency they agree to meet at the location to share information, resources, solve problems and support each other.
Translated Materials for "What is a Hub" & "How to Start a Hub"
Hubs are popping up across the city. The following map will show you where they are currently located. It is important to recognize that each community hub will look a little different. There is not a "one size fits all" template, rather communities have developed hubs to meet the particular needs of the people who live in the area.
Organizing a Hub can seem like a huge undertaking, but in reality it is really very easy. One of the best ways to begin is by talking with people who have already established Hubs. Community Hubs are different from a SNAP neighborhood because they typically encompass a bigger area than just your immediate block.
- The first step is to get together 3-5 others in your area who want to establish a Community Emergency Hub.
- Choose a location to meet that is a "logical meeting site" for the area. This could be a parking lot of a church, a local park, or someone's carport.
- Identify the needs of the area (is there a retirement home, schools, or other establishments that may have special need populations?)
- Identify the resources and skills in your area (is there a library, grocery store, residents with special skills?)
- Connect with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management
- Get connected to a Hub Mentor
Find out what is in a Hub Go-Kit
Learn how to connect with an existing Hub
The Department of Neighborhood's Small Sparks Fund provides awards up to $1,000 to support community members in becoming civically engaged. Projects can include neighborhood organizing, membership expansion or numerous other types of activities, including emergency preparedness. Small Sparks awards are given year-round! Click on the Small Sparks link above to learn more.
Seattle's uniqueness and quality of life is tied to strong neighborhoods and active residents. The Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) program was created in 1988 to provide neighborhood groups with City resources for community-driven projects that enhance and strengthen their own neighborhoods. All projects are initiated, planned and implemented by community members in partnership with the City. Every award is matched by neighborhoods' or communities' resources of volunteer labor, donated materials, donated professional services or cash. To learn more click on the Neighborhood Matching Fund link above.
Seattle is the first City in the nation to develop its own network of Emergency Communications Hubs. Neighborhood leaders from many parts of Seattle are now working together, training together and actively involved in mentoring and developing new and emerging community Hubs. Click on the link above to learn more about this innovative initiative.
The following videos will assist your Hub develop and train others in the various roles that may be used at Hub locations
Other Videos and Resources
For more information, please contact Debbie Goetz at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-684-0517