Evaluate potential city-owned properties for the creation of ‘resilience hubs’.
Major storm events that disrupt electricity services in a community for a long period of time can present a safety challenge if power outages also impact the City’s fire, police, and emergency response services. Resilience hubs are part of a strategy to disperse stormproof facilities across a community that can provide an independent source of power to serve multiple community needs. Resilience hubs are designed to provide emergency heating and cooling services; support refrigeration of temperature-sensitive medications; or offer residents a place to recharge cell phones or computer batteries during a grid outage. Resiliency hubs can also serve as the base of operations for first responders or other critical service providers during power outages.
The City will identify potential resilience hub locations that can be developed to establish a citywide network that serves Dallas’ various communities. Buildings identified as candidates should be fitted with solar photovoltaics and battery storage systems and/or connected to a microgrid to ensure reliable access to power during storm events.