Emergency Preparedness – Consumer

Emergency Preparedness planning is essential to minimizing the impacts of disasters on communities and individuals.   The office of emergency preparedness works closely and collaboratively with regional center emergency coordinators and other stakeholders in all planning efforts to identify emergency preparedness gaps and needs to individuals served as well as work to develop solutions to close those gaps and increase individual preparedness efforts.

The Department of Developmental Services plays an active role in responding and takes a proactive approach to ensuring the health and safety of the DDS’ service system by facilitating emergency response activities and improving emergency response readiness. DDS has identified the need to develop emergency preparedness material, providing necessary training and education, securing emergency go kits and portable batteries for consumers living independently or with limited supports dependent on power for life-sustaining equipment and who live within high fire threat district areas.

  • Emergency Go-Kits
    • The Department has contracted with Supply Bank who will purchase go-kit items, assemble the go-kits and deliver go-kits to regional centers who will provide to individuals qualified to receive a go-kit as well as who attended the go-kit training session. Go-Kit training slides are now available in multiple languages and can be found under the “Other Resources” tab.
  • Portable Batteries
    • The Department has contracted with California Foundation of Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and the Disability Disaster Access and Resources (DDAR) program to provide individuals with portable batteries to those requiring power for life-sustaining equipment. To learn more about DDAR please click here.
  • Emergency Preparedness Materials

The documents below are in Adobe Acrobat PDF and may require a current version of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to be correctly viewed and printed.

Workbook and Materials

The Feeling Safe, Being Safe workbook will help you make a plan that you can use in case of an emergency. The videos demonstrate how to complete the workbook and put together a home emergency kit. The printable magnet lets you post your important emergency contact information on your refrigerator for first responders.


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Introduction & Materials

Being Prepared

The Emergency Worksheet

The Magnet

The Emergency Kit

Community Supports

  • Emergency Kit Supply List PDF
  • Background PDF
    • This 22-page booklet describes why and how the DDS Consumer Advisory Committee, worked for 18 months to develop Feeling Safe, Being Safe – emergency preparedness tools for a wide range of people and field-tested the tools to make sure that the materials could work for everyone.
  • Frequently Asked Questions PDF about trainings on the emergency preparedness materials

  • The Department contracted and facilitated a collaborative workgroup to develop communication cards for the deaf + community to be utilize during emergency response. The goal of these communication cards is to assist with 2-way communications with shelter staff and first responders.  Digital copies of these communication cards can be found here:

Preparing for a Disaster

Video is also available in the following languages


Last modified: February 7, 2024