Join us in Empowering Communities to Prepare for Disasters

By Kristin Withrow posted 09-29-2020 07:53 AM

  

September is National Preparedness Month and to recognize the urgent priority of community preparedness, the California Special Districts Association has teamed up with the Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign to encourage all special districts to reach out to your communities to take the five free and easy steps below to get ready for wildfire and other disasters like earthquakes


The Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign was created last year by the Legislature to engage all Californians in disaster preparedness efforts, and to provide tools and break down access barriers for those facing social isolation, poverty, language barriers, and access and functional needs challenges. CSDA has joined forces with the League of California Cities, California State Association of Counties, Rural Representatives of California, and Institute for Local Government to adopt Listos California's accessible and free 5 steps to prepare for disaster and promote the adoption of these steps by others.  


5 steps to prepare for disaster
  • 1) Get alerts to know what to do
  • 2) Make a plan to protect your people by creating an emergency contact list and an evacuation plan
  • 3) Pack a go bag with things you need
  • 4) Build a stay box to stay safe at home for when you can't leave
  • 5) Help friends and neighbors get ready
With disasters disproportionately impacting the vulnerable populations you serve, significant efforts to engage these communities about disaster preparedness are essential so they can be ready when disaster strikes.

You can support the Listos California Emergency Preparedness effort by:

- Adopting & sharing the 5 steps of preparedness. 
  • Listos California has developed an array of useful tools to meet constituents where they are. Click here for a toolkit of information and materials you can share with your community available in many languages.
- Hosting a virtual event. 
- Connecting with a Listos California grantee. 
  • If you are based in one of the campaign's 24 target counties, you're encouraged to connect with a Listos California grantee to explore ways to align your efforts to engage and educate constituents. Should you have any questions about Listos California and/or need a connection to a Listos California grantee, please contact houa.vang@valleyvision.org.
- Discover your community's disaster risk. 
  • Listos California created vulnerability hazard maps aimed to help you better identify the populations in your counties who are likely to experience the greatest risks and challenges in the event of a disaster.
Sign-up for Listos California e-blast and campaign e-updates. 
  • Sign up here. You will have access to materials, facts, and stories from the frontline of the Listos California campaign. You'll also get updates from the #YourActionsSaveLives novel coronavirus public awareness campaign.

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