Emergency Preparedness – Provider

Emergency Preparedness planning is essential to minimizing the impacts of disasters on communities and individuals.  The vendor and provider community are the professionals who provide direct services and supports to individuals they support; and therefore, are key partners in sharing the community knowledge, identifying potential gaps and needs of people with developmental disabilities.   The office of emergency preparedness encourages vendors and providers to work with regional centers emergency coordinators to assist in enhancing our work in increasing individual preparedness efforts statewide.

To facilitate emergency response activities and improve emergency response readiness, DDS has identified the need to develop emergency preparedness material for individuals and residential providers, provide necessary training and education, secure emergency go kits and portable batteries for consumers living independently or with limited supports who are dependent on power for life-sustaining equipment and who live within high fire threat district areas. If you serve individuals that may qualify or if you have questions, please contact the local regional center emergency coordinator for assistance which can be found to the right of the screen under CONTACT INFORMATION.

  • 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.
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources
    • 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:


Last modified: February 7, 2024