USDN Guide to Developing Resilience Hubs

The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) is supporting the development of Resilience Hubs, which are described as community-serving facilities that aid and educate residents, and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during or after a natural hazard event. The USDN Resilience Hub guidance document is a living framework designed to assist communities in planning for, implementing and operating a community Resilience Hub - geared towards local governments, community-based organizations, and other practitioners. 

The report outlines a holistic vision of how Resilience Hubs can optimally perform across a range of issues and operating modes, and offers and encourages best practices for the development of these varying projects. This guide is designed to work in concert with the USDN Resilience Hub Analysis Tool, existing resilience frameworks, local Hazard Mitigation Plans and municipal sustainability and resilience strategies. The guidance leverages tools and techniques from all of these resources, with a goal of streamlining and integrating effectively.

Recognizing that there is no one size fits all approach to Resilience Hubs, USDN provides guidance on the following:

1. Making the Case for Resilience Hubs

2. Selecting a Project Team

3. Assessing Vulnerability & Selecting a Service Area (Phase One)

4. Identification of Project Team and Project Goals (Phase Two)

5. Identifying and Evaluating Sites (Phase Three)

6. Identifying Resilience Solutions (Phase Four)

7. Site Development and Solutions Installation (Phase Five)

8. Site Activation and Operations (Phase Six)

9. Examples of Resilience Hubs (Plan in Motion)


Publication Date: October 2019

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