USDN Resources

The USDN Resilience Hubs White Paper is a short introduction document that identifies what Resilience Hubs are and why they must have community needs and benefits at their core. It makes the case for increasing community resilience through enhancing community connectivity and enhancing quality of life. It is a brief introduction to Resilience Hubs and their core components.

How can a community develop a Resilience Hub? The USDN Resilience Hubs Guidance Document provides step-by-step support for local governments, communities, and partners interested in developing a Resilience Hub. This document is constantly evolving and will be updated every few months with new information.

This “tool” is a support document that accompanies the USDN Resilience Hubs Guidance Document. It provides teams with a number of editable spreadsheets to support each phase of developing a Resilience Hub. Sheets include items like the structure for developing a project team development or conducting an on-site kitchen assessment. This “tool” will change over time and will be updated every few months with new content.

One of the core components of a Resilience Hub is a resilient power system. To address the specific and complex issues related to resilient power systems, USDN collaborated with technical experts to develop the USDN Resilience Hubs Technical Power Systems document. This document provides in-depth information about resilient power systems and hybrid solutions.

COVID-19 is exposing our fragile social fabric. Anticipating disruptions more effectively – including outbreaks like COVID-19 or disasters such as floods, hurricanes or wildfires – requires a rethink in how we proactively prepare for crises. That’s why many cities are now working to set up Resilience Hubs, to better build community resilience.  

An inclusive, community-centered planning process can maximize the benefits of climate preparedness action among lower-income populations and communities of color, while creating greater resilience by empowering those most affected to shape the decisions that will impact their lives. This framework is divided into four chapters to support community-led and supported climate preparedness planning. 

This toolkit is designed to guide stakeholders through the process of building equity into the four phases of emergency management: prevention and mitigation, preparedness and resilience building, response and relief, and recovery and redevelopment. Each module can stand-alone and some content in this document may help communities working to develop Resilience Hubs. 

This manual is intended to help new and existing multifamily housing developers, owners and organizations adapt and respond to climate change and other threats. This guide provides strategies for building multifamily resilience and opportunities to connect those strategies to community-centered Resilience Hubs.

The opportunity for increasing community resilience is in the very process of developing a plan when those who are most impacted are at the heart of society’s efforts to build a resilient future. This framework puts forth principles and practices that align with the principles of developing a Resilience Hub. The framework offers examples and resources for community-based institutions implementing community-driven planning processes and is useful for a range of stakeholders, including community-based organizations, philanthropy, and the public sector.

This is an interview with Kristin Baja, USDN’s Programs Director for Climate Resilience. Baja supports USDN Members, Community-Based Organizations and other partners in implementing Resilience Hub projects. In this podcast she talks about the concept, value and logistics of Resilience Hubs.

This is a very short snippet explaining how Resilience Hubs are not intended to be emergency shelters or only for response and recovery in the event of disruption. Instead, Resilience Hubs are intended to serve community needs year-round and focus on enhancing quality of life.