The City of Orlando is co-applying for a National Science Foundation Civic Innovation Challenge Planning Grant with the University of Central Florida to design a series of resilience hubs that would help the city respond to disasters.

Resilience Hubs often serve as community centers but are augmented to support residents and coordinate resource distribution services during and after a hazardous event like a hurricane. They are designed to withstand severe weather and are often off-the-grid and equipped with independent systems like water capture and filtration, air filtration, solar energy production with battery backup, and wireless internet connections.

If Orlando is chosen, the $50,000 grant will help the City to identify key locations for resilience hub placement within city limits as well as architectural services to the project.

Brendan O'Connor

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