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Sustainability: Libraries as Community Resilience Hubs

What is a community resilience hub?

According to the Urban Sustainability Directors Network...

"Resilience Hubs are community-serving facilities augmented to support residents, coordinate communication, distribute resources, and reduce carbon pollution while enhancing quality of life." 
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RCLS has partnered with Mid-Hudson Library System and Sustainable Hudson Valley to host a 4-part series on why libraries are perfectly aligned to become resilience hubs, and how to accomplish this goal. Get started by watching the recorded sessions, linked below, and reviewing helpful resources.


Assessment and Engagement: A Place-based Framework for Assessing Vulnerability and Opportunity

What to Do: Technologies and Strategies for Ensuring Resilience in a Changing Climate

Additional Tips and Resources

This training video is available in 12 languages. Click here to access the video in additional languages.

Resilience Hub Resources.
Click on the name to access each website.

New York State Climate Impacts Assessment
The New York State Climate Impacts Assessment: Understanding and Preparing for Our Changing Climate explores current and future climate change impacts to New York State communities, ecosystems, and economy. 

New York State: Be Prepared for Floods
Being prepared for a flood means taking steps before flooding occurs to reduce the damage to your home and property. Also see the National Weather Service Flood Safety Tips and Resources.

Hudson River Watershed Alliance
The Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s mission is to unite and empower communities to protect our shared waters. We work across the Hudson River watershed to support watershed groups, help communities work together on water issues, and communicate as a collective voice.

New York Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs), an emergency management term, are local (neighborhood, town, county, or state region) disaster coalitions that coordinate nonprofit efforts within an emergency management jurisdiction within each State or U.S. Territory – vs. statewide coordination and resources provided by the state or territory VOAD.

New York State Citizen Preparedness Corps
The Citizen Preparedness Corps gives residents the tools and resources to prepare for any type of disaster or emergency, respond accordingly and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

US EPA Flood Cleanup and indoor Air Quality One-Pager
Floodwaters may contain many hazards, including biological and chemical contaminants. Following a flood or hurricane event, standing water and wet materials can become a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. Exposure to these contaminants can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and continue to damage materials long after the flood.