Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Austin Making Progress Towards Establishing Resilience Hubs


First citywide feedback meeting is Thursday, Oct. 6

The City of Austin is taking steps to launch a network of Resilience Hubs. The first citywide feedback meeting is this Thursday, October 6. Residents will be able to learn about resources for strengthening neighborhood and provide input on the Resilience program. This feedback will help determine where to place resilience hubs and ensure these spaces are designed and programed to meet the needs of the community.
The community feedback meeting will be held at the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex (East Room) - 1156 Hargrave Street from 6 to 8 p.m. RSVP HERE to join virtually or in person.
Residents can also visit the newly launched Austin Resilience Hub Network website to share feedback online and learn about other ways to get involved.
The City of Austin is working alongside agency and community partners to activate six pilot hubs later in 2022. They will eventually form part of a citywide Resilience Hub Network of community-focused physical facilities that offer a variety of day-to-day services and support the community before, during, and after a disaster.  

Resilience Hubs are intended to complement emergency response and operations, not replace them. While some Hubs can offer information, accessible bathrooms, and cell phone charging, others can be activated to shelter residents and provide food and water during an emergency.

During non-emergencies, Resilience Hubs can equitably enhance community resilience by offering resources and community-building activities year-round. These trusted spaces can help strengthen neighborhoods and empower local communities.
The development of a network of resilience hubs follows City Council resolution to “work with communities to conduct a resilience hub assessment to identify potential locations throughout the City to serve as resilience hubs, including schools, recreation centers, libraries, and other trusted, well-known, community-managed facilities.”