2013-10-11 / Community

New Solar Powered Hot Spot

Last week the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance (RWA) unveiled the newest resource in their campaign for community emergency preparedness. Their new solar powered kiosk operates as a free wireless hotspot, an emergency power station, as well as a distribution hub for emergency materials and information.

Due to its permanent location in the Hip-Hop Garden on Rockaway Beach Blvd at Beach 59th Street, RWA’s Shore Corps high school interns have dubbed the kiosk as the “Hip-Hop Hot Spot.”

In the coming weeks RWA and Shore Corps will be hosting free “Tech Days” on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. from the Hip-Hop Hot Spot.

Dates will be announced shortly.

According to RWA, these Tech Days are an opportunity for the community to come learn about the kiosk, use the free Wi-Fi, get signed up to receive Notify NYC emergency alerts, and receive basic tech support for their cell phones and laptop computers.

Blaze Jones-Yellin, RWA Program Manager noted the kiosk will make a big difference in the event of another storm emergency. “During Sandy there were major communication problems due to the loss of power, but now there is a power source for the community that is entirely independent from the main power grid. The new solar hot spot will allow people to charge their electronics, connect with others, and access emergency resources in the event of another power outage.”

Essential RWA partners in the project were David Gibbs of Rockaway Power Resilience who established the solar grid, Mateo Pinto and Carolina Cisneros of Combocolab who designed the sustainable kiosk using recycled materials and also the Fund for the City of NY and Hyde & Watson Foundation which provided necessary funding.

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