Together we serve some of the most at-risk Californians, and it has been proven with every disaster that individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities can have significant impacts during emergencies. When it comes to emergency response and recovery efforts, we collectively have an active role in responding, and we take a proactive approach to protect the health and safety of those supported by the developmental disability service system.
To facilitate emergency response activities and enhance emergency response readiness, the Department would like to remind regional centers and their communities to prepare for the upcoming potential for extreme heat weather conditions, Public Safety Power Shut Offs (PSPS) events, and the high potential of increased wildfires resulting from the severe drought conditions that exist in California. The fire season is starting earlier and lasting longer each year. Being prepared now is more important than ever.
The Everbridge Mass Notification system is available to each regional center. It provides a quick and efficient way to determine impacts to individuals served. It also provides a great platform for messaging, alerting, and obtaining ongoing updates from individuals during statewide emergencies. Information within Everbridge is updated monthly and the system provides regional centers with a report of information that requires updates or errors to ensure message delivery. This letter also is a reminder to review that report to maximize the number of people who can be reached through messages sent from the regional centers via Everbridge during emergencies.