An often overlooked post-disaster challenge is the need for communication. Considering that earthquakes impact physical communication infrastructure, residents are likely to be without cell phone or internet communication for hours to days (Wagstaffe, 2016).
There may be no access to cellular service, internet, or electricity to charge cellphones. In the initial event of an earthquake vulnerable individuals may be unable to contact loved ones and decide where to meet. these moments of panic could cause dissaray and lasting trauma for residents. the Hub would facilitate the prior conversations around where to meet if an earthquake were to occur.
To enable neighbours to share information with each other, one side of the NeighbourHub includes a community bulletin board, which can also be used by the City of Vancouver to disseminate important information.
Based on previous community exercises in Vancouver, bulletin boards have proven to be convenient tool to use in emergency situations and during the recovery period.
One-way radios will become a major source of information for government updates. However, according to a recent survey, only 32% of Metro Vancouver residents have a battery powered or hand crank radio (Ipsos Public Affairs, 2018, p. 25). For this reason, the NeighbourHub includes a one-way radio that is powered by the structure’s solar and kinetic energy.