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Receive up to $1,500 to start a Community Emergency Hub

image of a community emergency hubIn partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is offering up to $21,600 in funding to support Community Emergency Hubs throughout the city.  This is enough to provide 14 groups with up to $1,500 to create their own Hub-in-a-Box.

A Hub-in-a-Box contains the essential materials and supplies your community would need in case of a disaster where help from the City or others is delayed or disrupted. They must be contained within a durable and secured storage box that is in a publicly accessible location.

What is a Community Emergency Hub?

  • Hubs serve as a central gathering place among neighbors in homes, apartments, condominiums, P-Patches, parks, or other community gathering spots, after a disaster to help each other.
  • They are organized and managed by local neighbors and serve to connect and help people when City and other resources are overwhelmed.
  • Hubs are a way to collect, coordinate and provide information on local situations, needs, and resources.
  • Emergency hubs also are a great way to encourage emergency preparedness in your neighborhood, or to connect with others and receive training on emergency preparedness.

If you are interested in applying for a Hub-in-a-Box for your community, please complete the 2018 Hub in a Box Application, along with the Material Request Application.

Check out our tip sheet for information that can help guide new community hubs through the process of purchasing and installing a Hub-in-a-Box.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, April 16th, 2018. Applications can be submitted via email or in person to the address below. Please note, applications cannot be mailed in to the Office of Emergency Management or the Department of Neighborhoods.  

Please drop off applications in person to Tim Wolfe, Community Investments Division Director, at:

Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
600 4th Ave, Floor 4
Seattle, WA 98104

Or submit via email to: DON_Grants@seattle.gov

If you want to learn more about Community Emergency Hubs and what local Hub Captains are doing in their own neighborhoods, visit seattle.gov/hubs.