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Vote by April 29, 2019.
Los Angeles is at risk for a number of natural and human-made disasters, including drought, earthquakes, fires and landslides. A community’s ability to respond to and recover from those disasters is the measure of its “resiliency”. Low-income families and communities often suffer disproportionately from these disasters and lack adequate resources to invest in their own resiliency.
Resiliency is the capacity of households or communities to respond to and recover from adverse situations, including natural and human-caused disasters. Many communities, including those in South Los Angeles, lack adequate resources to invest in their resiliency.
With the risks facing Los Angeles, earthquakes, flooding, landslides, forest fires and drought, to name a few, there is no question that a disaster will occur, it is simply a matter of when. Low-income families and communities often suffer disproportionately from these disasters.
Los Angeles has recognized this need to invest in our city’s resiliency, and the needs of the disparate communities around LA, in its Resiliency and Sustainability Plans. One of the goals prioritized is to create neighborhood resilience hubs “that facilitate social and climate resilience along with disaster preparedness and recovery”.
Our proposal, “Resiliency IN A BOX”, will provide basic resources of water and energy to Watts and the neighboring communities in the aftermath of a disaster. The WEDEW technology can produce 300+ gallons of water a day, which can be stored for future use. The machine runs off-grid, using biomass, so it can continue functioning even if the city loses power. In addition to powering the water element of the machine, the WEDEW produces an additional 25kWh of energy that can be used. This technology is already being used by the State of California to support areas in Malibu still recovering from recent fire devastation.
It is a strategic choice to place our resiliency box at a public school, frequently designated as a place to gather in an emergency. The urban garden at Markham Middle School is within one block of a high school and elementary school, with a total of 7 schools within a 1 mile diameter. Watts is only 2 miles wide though is one of the densest communities in our city. With so many people in such close proximity, this site is well positioned to serve as a resiliency hub for the neighborhood during times of disaster.
Our box is also a tool to educate the community about resilience and disaster preparedness. During the assembly process at their facility, AltaSea will host an educational open house for the community. Community Healing Gardens will develop additional STEM education programs and activities around the WEDEW for Markham Middle School students.
Success for our project will be when a WEDEW is operating at the Community Healing Garden and providing community resiliency within a year.
” VOTE FOR SUSTAINABLE WATER AND ENERGY FOR THE CHILDREN AND COMMUNITIES OF THE LOS ANGELES WATTS AND SURROUNDING AREAS.”
Vote by April 29, 2019.