The City of Portland, Portland State University, Portland General Electric and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are partnering to create the first long-term PREPHUB (Emergency Preparedness Hubs) prototype, a program to improve disaster resilience and emergency preparedness in Portland.

PREPHubs are a new kind of infrastructure designed to increase disaster resilience. By activating neighborhood spaces with useful functions in everyday life, hubs become community focal points for critical needs in the case of an emergency. PREPHubs are designed to operate entirely off the grid during disaster, providing crucial services that include power, communication and emergency first aid supplies. The hubs will be able to recharge cell phones during a natural disaster. They also provide secure, locked storage for Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN) cache equipment. BEECNs are places for Portland residents to go after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance and get information. PGE will provide power to the PREPHubs from the grid and from energy storage devices, supplemented by solar arrays and pedal-power. 

The PREPHub demonstration project is an initiative of the PGE-PSU Strategic Partnership. Learn more about the partnership here »






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