Preparing for Power Outages
In recent months, high winds and dry conditions in many areas have heighted fire risks causing your electric company to shut off power in many areas. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) has created checklists of steps you can take prior to an outage to make sure both you and your provider are prepared.
- IHSS Recipients - Preparing for Power Outages
- Care Providers - Preparing for Power Outages
- Personal Emergency Information
IHSS Fact Sheets & Videos
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) provides various IHSS Fact Sheets to inform and assist you with navigating the IHSS program and cover such topics as:
- Overview of the IHSS program, authorized tasks, Paramedical Services, Share of Cost
- Finding, Hiring and Working with a Provider
- Blind and Visually Impaired Resources
- Other Helpful Topics (How to Handle Money and Recognizing Abusive Behavior)
CDSS has also created helpful videos to assist you with understanding your rights and responsibilities when you receive IHSS. Subjects covered include:
- Introduction and Services
- IHSS Services and Assessment
- Hiring a Provider
- Supervising a Provider
- 2016 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) - Overtime, Travel & Violations
Translations are also available in Spanish, Armenian and Chinese.
Fresno County Resources
- Fresno & Madera Helpline 2-1-1
- Fresno Madera Area Agency on Aging (FMAAA)
- Valley Caregiver Resource Center
- Valley Center for the Blind
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center, Inc.
- Resources for Independence Central Valley (RIVC)
- Central Valley Regional Center (CVRC)
- Fresno County Housing Authority
How may an earthquake or other disaster impact your daily life? This is an important topic for everyone to think about carefully. People with disabilities and others with access and functional needs may have additional issues to consider:
- What can you do independently and where may you need assistance?
- Will your regular sources of assistance be available after a disaster?
- What if power, gas and/or phone (land lines or cell phone) are not working?
- What if roads and sidewalks are impassible or your means of transportation is unavailable?
- Who will you maintain supplies of water, food medications and other needs?
A great resource to help people with disabilities and other access or functional needs plan before a disaster happens is the Earthquake Country Alliance. They have several resources and links to videos to help you and your support team develop a plan before, during and after an earthquake.