Core Components

Resilience Hubs are like snowflakes, no two are alike. The core components of a Resilience Hub are intended to provide a frame for a human-centric approach to Resilience Hub implementation, but each community will have different sets of goals and priorities.

Five Foundational Areas

Resilience Hubs are built out around five Foundational Areas. Excluding any of the areas below, or focusing solely on hard infrastructure components such as solar power and site weatherization, for example, runs the risk of putting hazards over humans and bypassing components fundamental to enhancing wellbeing day-to-day and growing community adaptive capacity. To optimize community outcomes, a holistic approach is key.

Services & Programs

Offering additional services and programs that build relationships, promote community preparedness, and improve residents’ health and well-being.


Ensuring the ability to communicate within and outside the service area year-around and especially during disruptions and throughout recovery.

Building & Landscapes

Strengthening the resilience of the facility to ensure that it meets operational goals in all conditions.


Ensuring reliable backup power to the facility during a hazard while also improving the cost-effectiveness and sustainability of operations in all three operating modes.


Ensuring personnel and processes are in place to operate the facility in all three modes. 

Three Options for Resilience Hubs

Resilience is never complete, nor is a Resilience Hub. By nature, Resilience Hub components will evolve over time to align with changing climates, contexts, and hyper-local needs and assets. Identifying core ‘base’ hub components in addition to longer term ‘optimal’ and ‘ideal’ site elements helps to move away from a ‘check box’ approach by identifying a pathway of incremental steps for site implementation.


Sites meet the minimum criteria for being a Resilience Hub across all three resilience modes including:

  • Strong community support and leadership
  • A site that is well-trusted
  • A building or set of buildings
  • Resilient energy systems
  • Resilient communications systems
  • Base programming and services co-developed with community


Site meets all the minimum criteria set for the Base Hub but will also incorporate a range of expanded services and resilience-enhancing retrofits. Illustrate components include:

  • Water capture and filtration onsite
  • Air filtration
  • Solar with battery backup
  • Community gardens 


Ideally Resilience Hubs will have (and meet) ambitious goals that provide community benefits year-round. Illustrative ambitious goals, co-developed with community members and partners, include:

  • Greywater reuse onsite
  • Biophilic design standards
  • Net zero energy
  • Having community solar benefits for the surrounding community.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports offer a snapshot of Resilience Hub implementation progress for various Resilience Hub sites part of USDN’s Community of Practice. These Progress Reports will be updated over time as site components and needs evolve.

Click below to access a the affiliated progress report for each site.

Resilience Incubator @FH Faunteroy, Washington D.C.
Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory, Los Angeles CA
San Leandro Resilience Hub Network, San Leandro CA
Metropolitan Library Resilience Hub, Fulton County GA

COMING SOON: Metropolitan Library Progress Report

Orlando Resilience Hubs, Orlando FL

COMING SOON: Orlando Resilience Hub Progress Report

Additional resources and insights are available to member and partners in the Resilience Hub community of practice. To get involved, click here.

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