DSLC Services Disaster & Emergency Preparedness
DSLC is part or the Disability Disaster Access and Resources Program through its affiliation with the California Foundation of Independent Living Centers. As a Disability Disaster Access and Resources Program (DDAR), DSLC aims to assist individuals with disabilities and older adults in disaster readiness and recovery.
Disability Disaster Access & Resource (DDAR)
Through PG&E funding, the Disability Disaster Access and Resource Center (DDARC) program ensures that individuals with assistive and medical technology needs have access to electricity during a planned power outage. The electrical device given is a Yeti backup generator, or a hotel, gas cards or food vouchers when necessary.
The Yeti system is a backup battery capable of powering multiple devices at once for up to 72 hours, depending on the devices. For more information and specs on the Yeti please visit the following link.
To enroll, complete the online application and all answers will be forwarded to our DDARC coordinator. Applicants will be chosen based on their medical and power needs and go through an internal DDAR board who will update them on their application progress.
Applicants must be on PG&E's Medical Baseline Program and either have an emergency plan or be willing to work with staff on crafting one. For more information and to begin the application process visit the following link to the statewide application.
Emergency Preparedness (LISTOS CA)
Californians are all too familiar with the harsh reality of wildfire and other natural disasters, and now the effects of a global pandemic. Too often we see the people and communities hit hardest by these disasters or public health emergencies are those least equipped to survive them.
Listos helps communities to become better prepared for disasters and better understand how to stay safe during COVID-19 by collaborating with community allies to provide simple tips and resources in languages and cultures that represent the great diversity of California. Through this process, DSLC will help build a community that will make individuals and families more resilient.
Emergencies can strike without warning. Don't wait to until the next disaster to talk to your friends, family & neighbors about your emergency plans. Unsure of how to begin? Give us a call! We'll help you develop a personalized preparedness strategy that considers your specific needs. Let's get ready and stay prepared for emergency situations together!
For more information on disaster preparedness click here.
More Emergency Resources to Explore
Disability Services & Legal Center prioritizes the health of its employees and consumers above all. Due to the nature of our work a lot of the people that come through our doors have compromised immune systems. To keep our staff and consumers safe we have made the decision to close our doors to the public. All staff and services will still be available through phone or email. If you have any general questions please call us.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with our decision.
Press Democrat The Press Democrat is offering free reporting on all things related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Utilize it as a tool to stay in touch with current events in Sonoma County.
As evacuation orders continue to change hourly it is important to stay up to date with the best information. Sonoma County has provided the following map that displays the most recent information regarding the fires, evacuation zones and much more.
The CAL Fire map can be accessed through the following link.
Resources for Sonoma County, including hotlines, fire incident map, and information to stay informed:
Resources and information for Napa County to stay informed:
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FEMA Relief Information
All residents affected by the wildfires currently burning in Sonoma and Napa counties can now apply for disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Applicants may receive grants for certain necessary expenses that are not covered by insurance.
The assistance can help cover basic repairs to a home to make it safe, sanitary and livable. The aid may also be used for rent, medical expenses or other serious needs related to the fires.
Applicants can register by phone at (800) 621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
In addition, FEMA has set up a mobile registration center at the Sonoma County Office of Education located at 5340 Skylane Blvd in Santa Rosa. The center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, until further notice.
Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) Preparedness
Disability Services & Legal Center currently has loaner batteries available for more information please contact the DDAR coordinator.
Steven Vera, DDAR Coordinator
Batteries are available for individuals who are expected to lose or have lost power due to one of the PG&E planned power shutoffs.
If you have been affected by the planned power shutoffs and require electricity to power critical assistive technology and medical devices, DSLC can place you in a temporary hotel room until power is restored.