2013-14 Brings Emergency Hubs to P-Patch's
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (DON) were awarded $35,000 from the FEMA Community Resilience Innovation Challenge. The cash award will establish Community Emergency Hubs* in selected P-Patch community gardens in southeast Seattle, along with emergency preparedness training for gardeners and community members.
Of the more than 80 P-Patch community gardens located across Seattle, OEM and DON P-Patch Community Gardening Program will focus on 8-12 P-Patch gardens. Serving approximately 350 gardening families, the languages spoken and cultures shared include Amharic, Filipino, Somali, Tigrinya, Chinese, English, Hmong, Mien, Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, and Spanish.
* Hubs are pre-determined meeting locations by the community to share information, resources, problem-solve and support one another following an emergency.
How the funds will be used
OEM and DON P-Patch staff will use the funds to notify and gather community gardeners, orient them to emergency preparedness, provide language services and kit supplies, and produce an educational multi-lingual video for training. There will be interpretation, as well as translation of reliable communication templates into 12 languages.
Gardeners and community members will be trained in emergency preparedness and on how to access, support, and replicate Community Emergency Hubs and kits. This trained bank of volunteers will use their own language to orient others within their cultural community and share their linguistic and cultural knowledge.
The gardeners will assemble community Hub kits, store them in their garden shed, create a plan to activate their Hub, and spread the word of the Hub and its resources to the neighborhood. Conservatively, nearly 5000 people will be reached through the efforts that start in these community gardens.
Planning and selection of P-Patch community gardens will occur this summer and the program will be implemented this fall.
Hub Meetings with Community Begin
On Saturday September 14th, 2013 Angel Morgan P-Patch hosted training for gardeners and the surrounding neighborhood on Emergency Preparedness. 26 community members attended. The garden will sponsor a Community Emergency HUB which is being supplied by a FEMA resiliency grant. This grant is administered by Department of neighborhoods P-Patch Program and The Department of Emergency Management. Additionally the grant supports translated materials, signage and on-site training interpretation. Over the next months, 10 more gardens will host similar events and become Community Emergency HUB hosts.