In the event of disaster, where will light lead us? At once beacon and resource, we illuminate the Walk of Heroines to discover those critical community resources to be made available both pre-and-post disaster, placing one moment of light in a larger network of community resilience.
Portland State University’s campus will receive a PREPHub in the summer of 2019, the inaugural model of a neighborhood infrastructure for disaster preparedness. The hubs, which were developed in MIT’s Urban Risk Lab, activate neighborhood spaces with ongoing useful functions for everyday life and become community focal points for critical needs in case of an emergency. They operate entirely off-grid during a disaster, providing resources such as power, communication, and emergency first aid supplies.