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Powered & Prepared

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Free emergency planning and resources for people with disabilities in Marin.

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A Helpful Partner for an Unpredictable World

Powered & Prepared is a dedicated program from Marin Center for Independent Living to ensure the readiness and safety of older adults and people with disabilities in the event of emergencies.

Fire season can be overwhelming, but the best thing you can do is to make a plan to follow in the event of a power outage or an evacuation. Marin CIL is here to help. Our personal preparedness plan materials are now online! You can begin your own preparedness plan by accessing the instruction booklet and workbook today. If you'd like free printed versions mailed to your home, please contact Chris Saroch, Community Resiliency Navigator, or call 415-459-6245 x12.

For community members who rely on powered medical devices, such as oxygen regulators, mobile scooters, or CPAP machines and who may need assistance purchasing critical or emergency supplies, Marin CIL currently has opened applications for the Disability Disaster Access & Resources program. Dependent on both need and availability, gift cards and durable portable batteries are available to those that qualify. Please follow the link below to submit your application today.

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60% of people with disabilities are not fully prepared for an emergency

53% rely on medical equipment that requires electricity

25% need access to reliable transportation in the event of a disaster

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Ready for Emergency Season

The access and mobility needs faced by many in our community take on extra urgency when an emergency arises. For Northern Californians, that can mean a fast-moving wildfire or a scheduled PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS). Through outreach we educate and connect people regardless of physical abilities or income levels, providing strategic readiness planning and resources — from emergency housing and transportation, to portable batteries and preparedness kits.

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  • Emergency Planning Best Practices A proven framework specially designed for Marin's AFN community, including Personal Preparedness Plans tailored to individual needs.
  • PG&E Medical Baseline Program Promoting awareness and enrollment in PG&E's program for people who depend on power for medical and independent living needs.
  • Disaster Kits and Backup Batteries Supplying personal preparedness items to eligible parties, including portable backup batteries.
  • Community Connection Contact information and access to Powered & Prepared, along with partner organizations providing additional preparedness resources.

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Whether you're an individual living with access and functional needs, a caregiver or family member, or a Marin community service provider, getting Powered & Prepared can make lifesaving difference.

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