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