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MIT Urban Risk Lab Module - Portable Energy, Food, Water, and Information Hubs in Disaster Situations

MIT Urban Risk Lab has created portable infrastructure modules that provide energy, water and info to communities in disaster situations

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

I thought this was a great project and wanted to share it. More info can be found here: http://urbanrisklab.org/Emergency-Preparedness-Hub
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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."

WHO BENEFITS?

Communities - they have already began testing

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

It caters to disaster situations as a result of climate change

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Not yet

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

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