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Receive up to $1,800 to start a Community Emergency Hub

In partnership with the Seattle Office of Emergency Management, the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods is offering up to $27,000 in funding to support Community Emergency Hubs throughout the city.  This is enough to provide 15 groups with up to $1,800 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. These hubs must be contained within a durable and secured storage box that is in a publicly accessible location.

What is a Community Emergency Hub?

  • Hubs are pre-determined locations that serve as central gathering places where neighbors come together to help one another after a disaster.
  • 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.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a Hub-in-a-Box for your community, please complete the application form below:

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

Your completed application must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. PST on Monday, October 12th, 2020. 

Applications must be submitted via email to:

Please note, applications cannot be sent via postal mail to the Office of Emergency Management or the Department of Neighborhoods. 

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