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DDAR Services and Portable Battery Program

  • CIL is now a Disability Disaster Access and Resources Center, thanks to funding and partnership from California Foundation of Independent Living Centers and PG&E. The purpose of a DDARC is to support people with disabilities and older adults before, during, and after Planned Safety Power Shut Offs (PSPS) and disasters, such as wildfires, heatwaves, earthquakes, and more, and to ensure our communities can meet their medical, safety, and resiliency needs. As a DDARC, CIL can provide a whole host of disaster preparedness and response services, including individual emergency planning, disaster preparedness trainings, critical program sign-ups (such as Medical Baseline and PSPS Alert programs), and provision of back-up batteries and other supplies for consumers who rely on power for life-saving medical equipment.

  • CIL is partnering with PG&E and the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers’ Disability Disaster Access and Resources program to offer emergency portable batteries to consumers who rely on power for medical reasons, and who require access to power during Public Safety Power Shutoffs to charge or operate qualifying devices. 

  • Apply for the Portable Battery Program here, or reach out to CIL’s Emergency Preparedness staff for support.

  • Battery Information

    • Yeti is a type of battery model made by GoalZero that comes in 3 unique sizes for different types of life-saving medical equipment. CIL can provide Yeti batteries for qualifying consumers who rely on power to maintain their medical equipment.

    • 1500x is the smallest battery designed for smaller medical devices, such as CPAP and BIPAP machines, hearing aids, or small coolers to keep medication at appropriate temperatures

    • 3000x is a medium sized battery designed for breathing equipment, feeding tubes, and any combination of power mobility devices, such as scooters, power wheelchairs, stand/sit chairs, and more

    • 6000x is the largest device battery offered, and we elect to distribute this battery in situations where consumers have large or continuous power needs from multiple devices, such as a hospital bed, mobility devices, breathing machines, and more.

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