Disaster Preparedness resources are critical for all Californians but especially for individuals with disabilities and older adults who are often disproportionally impacted during disasters such as wildfires, earthquakes, drought, and other natural disasters.
In collaboration with California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) and other State and Federal partners, the Department of Rehabilitation is committed to the safety of all Californians with disabilities.
The following resources can help you and your family prepare in the event of a disaster.
Spring Storms Emergency Resources
California Quick Guide to Safety Before, During and After Floods
Emergency Preparedness Guide/Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities
The Emergency Preparedness Guide/Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities was developed through a partnership between the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR).
This guide describes actions and considerations that individuals with disabilities can use to increase preparedness before, during, and after disasters.
Emergency Preparedness Guide/Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities - English (PDF)
Emergency Preparedness Guide/Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities in alternate languages:
Federal and State Level Partners
Please be sure to follow evacuation orders from law enforcement. For life-threatening emergencies, please immediately call 911.
CalHHS Emergency Resource Guide
State Resources, Guides and Preparedness Tips specifically designed for people with disabilities.
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Access and Functional Needs Division
Launched in February 2003, Ready America is a national public service campaign designed to educate and
empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural
and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
Federal Resources, Guides and Preparedness Tips.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Federal Resources, Guides and Preparedness Tips.
MyHazards is a tool for the general public to discover hazards in their area (earthquake, flood, fire,
and tsunami) and learn steps to reduce personal risk. Using the MyHazards tool, users may enter an
address, city, zip code, or may select a location from a map. The map targets the location, and allows
users to zoom and scroll to their desired view. The screen then presents information on the risks
identified within the search radius, and recommended actions.
Listos California has worked with communities across the state to boost resiliency, provide new accessible
in-language information and advance a new culture of disaster preparedness. Anchored at the Governor’s
Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Listos California reached nearly 4 million people with low incomes,
disabilities and language barriers, older adults, and other highly vulnerable Californians from 2019 – 2021.
The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers works with a network of Independent Living Centers
throughout the State to offer resources to individuals with disabilities to prepare for disasters, including
during power shut-off events. They are also proud to lead the statewide Disability Disaster Strategies
Coalition. The coalition provides a space for individuals with and without disabilities who provide disaster
and emergency programs, services, and supports to disabled people and those with access and functional needs
before, during and after a disaster.
Disability Disaster Access & Resources
Save Our Water is a statewide, water conservation program created in 2009 by the Association of
California Water Agencies and the California Department of Water Resources. The program’s goal is
to make water conservation a daily habit among Californians.
Save our Water
This site is for Californians experiencing problems with their private (self-managed) household
water supply (not for residents served by a public water system already regulated by the State).
If you or a consumer is being impacted by household water shortages, report your water supply
shortage in a few easy steps and find available resources.
Household Water Supply Shortage Reporting System
The new federal Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) will provide financial
assistance to low-income Californians to help manage their residential water utility costs.
Established by Congress in December 2020, this federally funded program will help low-income
households pay down their outstanding water bills. California has been allocated $116 million
in one-time funding to provide LIHWAP assistance.
Low Income Household Water Assistance Program
A statewide resource for news, information and tips on drought prevention.
California Drought Action
California’s roadmap to building water resilience through a diverse set of actions that will prepare
our water systems to support our growing state in a warmer, more variable climate.
Water Resilience Portfolio