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Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency Program

Program Overview:

The Center for Independent Living’s Emergency Preparedness Program supports community resilience and readiness planning to prepare for disaster recovery and Public Safety Power Shutoff events, and ensures people with disabilities and older adults are integrated in state- and county-wide planning, response, and recovery processes for disasters.

What is a disaster?

A disaster is a condition that presents a particular risk to normal operations, or to the health and safety of communities, such as a wildfire, earthquake, heatwave, or severe weather such as rain, lightning or flooding, or power shut offs. Disasters can be a natural part of ecosystems, but we have  experienced growing and deepening disasters fueled by the current climate crisis.

What does CIL assist with?

The Center for Independent Living, Inc. (CIL) is part of the Disability Disaster Access and Resources Program through our affiliation with the California Foundation of Independent Living Centers (CFILC).  CIL has also been awarded funding through Listos California, a campaign through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).


As a DDARC and a Listos partner, our Emergency Preparedness program offers a range of services, including: 


  • Individualized emergency preparedness planning

  • Starter emergency kits and information about building go-bags, stay-bags, and more

  • Enrollment in critical programs such as PG&E’s Medical Baseline Program

  • Portable batteries for individuals who require power for life-saving medical equipment during power shutoffs

  • Community education and training regarding disaster preparedness and response

  • A Peer Ambassador Program where disabled community members are resourced and compensated to bring emergency preparedness education to their communities.

Emergency Preparedness Program funded by:

Disability Disaster Access and Resources (DDAR) logo of a tri-colored shield
LISTOS California logo in blue, white, and orange

For more information about CIL's Emergency Preparedness Program, contact:

or contact CIL at 510-841-4776

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