PG&E is preparing for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) and they are working with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers to help our community stay safe when the power shuts off. CFILC through their network of local independent living centers are helping the PG&E customers with disabilities with special outreach and resources our community needs during and after PSPS events. This support includes:
The CFILC will take applications for this program and decide if you are an eligible PG&E customer to receive help getting backup portable batteries (used for electrical medical devices), through a grant, lease-to-own or financial loan. This resource is for people with disabilities and chronic medical conditions that require electricity to live independently in the community.
Independent Living Centers (ILC) are grassroots organizations run by, for and about people with disabilities throughout their lifespan. ILCs provide advocacy services to people across all types of disabilities. Services include peer support, information and referral, direct advocacy, systems change advocacy, housing, assistive technology, independent living skills training, transition and personal assistance services.
Individuals can go online to disabilitydisasteraccess.org or contact an ILC and apply to be considered for resources. The CFILC’s Disability Disaster Advisory Committee will make the ultimate determination on who qualifies for backup batteries and other resources through an application process. Medical needs and income will be considered as part of the application process.
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