Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) Prepardness
Are You Prepared for the Next Public Safety Power Shutoff?
Resources For Independent Living has joined with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and the PG&E service area to begin a new initiative to support people with disabilities and older adults during the activation of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event or other emergency. The goal is to enable them to remain safe while independent in their residences and communities. We are coordinating various programs for those who depend on power for durable medical equipment or for their livelihood.
RIL is available to assist during a PSPS
in these major ways:
Medical Baseline Enrollment
RIL can assist clients enroll in the PG&E Medical Baseline Program. This is not an income-based program. If you or someone in your community requires the use of a medical or life support device due to a disability or health condition, we can help you apply for PG&E's Medical Baseline Program. If approved, clients receive a lower rate on their monthly energy bill as well as extra notifications in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff.
Disaster Kits & Training
RIL can also help individuals put together a personalized disaster plan. Emergencies, including power shutoffs, can interrupt your normal routine and support systems. Planning ahead will increase your safety.
Portable Battery Program
The program will enable RIL to provide access to backup portable batteries to qualifying customers who use electrical medical devices. Individuals who use life-sustaining electrical support will be our highest priority and supplies are limited.
Other Emergency Resources
If you rely on power to operate life-sustaining medical devices, RIL may be able to assist in covering the costs associated with accessible transportation, lodging and food during an emergency during a PSPS event.
Improve Home Health & Energy Efficiency
Refer you to other local programs to increase the comfort of your home while reducing your utility bills and improve the energy efficiency, health, and safety of your home.
PSPS Resources Application
To apply for an off-grid battery for your medical device needs, please complete the PSPS Resources application. Your application will be sent to the Disability Disaster Access & Resources program (in partnership with RIL) where it'll be processed to determine your qualifications for eligibility of resources.Apply for PSPS Resources
EmPOWERment Town Hall Webinar
The EmPOWERment Town Hall webinar is for any community member interested in learning about new, FREE resources and supports designed to help people with disabilities live safely and independently in their homes during power shutoffs and emergencies.
Check back for dates, information, and to register!
PSPS Flyer in English & Spanish
Download the PSPS flyer as an accessible PDF
and share with others!