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MIT Urban Risk Lab

21 neighbors want a PREPhub in San Francisco.

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The first 72-hours after a disaster are the most critical in survival and recovery. The Emergency Preparedness Hub is part of a public space campaign for neighborhood preparedness that facilitates community action following a disaster such as an earthquake. Entirely off-grid, the hub is built around the short-term and immediate need for water, energy and communication. Using strategically placed physical units, various neighborhood groups can actively engage in discussions and exercises to build awareness and preparedness into their everyday life. With a hands-on physical prototype, various community leaders--including NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) trained captains -- can host neighborhood events and workshops for training purposes. The Urban Risk Lab will work with each community which adopts the idea to design a permanent public infrastructure for their neighborhood.

For the Market Street Prototyping Festival, we have selected one component—“The Communications Tower”—which includes a broadcasting system, lighting, emergency supplies, mobile phone power charger, to deliver public emergency information through radio channels. As an everyday public infrastructure, the prototype has also been designed as a seating area that can play music and provide power generation for a host of different community needs and functions.

Team
Miho Mazereeuw, David Moses, Justin Lavallee, Nicholas Polansky, Christopher Dewart, Maya Taketani, Aditya Barve 

Outreach
We intend to run several workshops with different stake holders in the area. We have been working with Neighborhood Empowerment Network and might work with them during this community outreach program and/or run smaller sessions with particular groups. We have experience working in community based design in several countries and plan for the current proposal to be tailored specifically with community input.

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Bob Boles

Dear UrbanRiskLab team,

A very nice project. Unfortunately, our son's middle school FLL robotics team beat you to the punch by a year. Our team's project last year was the 'PlaNet', a Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) device for deployment in emergencies. It was designed to provide first responders and the public with a flexible, resilient communications hub, including charging stations and radio and cell phone communications. Check it out at awkwardturtlesplanet.wordpress.... Interestingly enough, our daughter is a freshman at MIT, considering majoring in course 11...

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Posted Apr 14, 2015
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Jono Polansky

Remarked upon by The Chronicle's Leah Garchik for its practicality and wood detail (blog.sfgate.com/leahgarchik/20...).

I thought the pedal-pusher charging chairs were most comfortable. Chairs are hard to do!

Look forward to an added massage feature — perhaps seismically powered?

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Walking Through the Prototyping Festival

Walking to work last Thursday, I came upon participants in the Market Street Prototyping Festival getting set up for the week-end’s activities. In every installation from Van Ness to Fifth Street, ...

blog.sfgate.com/leahgarchik/20...

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Posted Apr 14, 2015
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Eckhart Beatty

I particularly like the "charging station" aspect. Hopefully, a solar stove will be made available, as well. I'm working with GoSUN to provide publicly available (not official--yet) stoves of various form factors and power [bit.ly/1CwIBi9] to provide folks with avenues of self-reliance during good times and resiliency for hard times.

For the water generator, I'm curious to learn more details. I hope it can be solar-based, as well.

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Posted Apr 9, 2015
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Posted Dec 1, 2014
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Tom K.

So this wouldn't live on Market Street, but would be deployed from another location during the event of a disaster?

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Posted Nov 24, 2014
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Dec 1, 2014

We are thinking something that would have a node and tether with permanent fixed locations identified with different components that would be mobile and transportable. Potentially 2 parts. We think that decentralizing the preparedness campaign is essential for a hyper-local awareness and focusing off market is essential. However, as a prototype, Market street holds great potential for exposure and a resource to multiple neighborhoods as well as those who are in need of resources on the daily. This prototype is still conceptual as we begin to understand how the DEM and NERT captains see it as a tool for staging open spaces in the time of crisis while creating designated spaces for education, training, and simply socializing around community, our most important resource.

Posted by MIT Urban Risk Lab on Dec 1, 2014
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Joseph Thomas

Something like this should be available all over the City, along with free weekly lessons in First Aid.

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Posted Nov 15, 2014
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Nov 18, 2014

Completely agree.

Posted by Dan on Nov 18, 2014
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Dec 1, 2014

That is the vision Joseph! Thank you.

Posted by MIT Urban Risk Lab on Dec 1, 2014
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