Immigrant Info / Emergency/Disaster

The Emergency/Disaster Section contains links to multi-language, multi-cultural information about health, safety, and emergency preparation and response. All of these links and much more can also be found in the Resources Search page.

CHILDREN - UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
1990 Recognizing that the United Nations has, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the International Covenants on Human Rights, proclaimed and agreed that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, Recalling that, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations has proclaimed that childhood is entitled to special care and assistance,
CHILDREN - What Kids Can Do: Paying Attention to Children’s Capacities in the Pandemic
2/25/21 Opening up opportunities for children to get involved can make a tremendous difference to their recovery by increasing feelings of solidarity, empowerment, and interconnection. Still, the knowledge, creativity, energy, enthusiasm, and social networks that children have to offer could be better used. We have consistently found that during times of crisis, children want to help. When they are given the opportunity, there are many things that they can do to support adults, other children, and themselves. We are now seeing evidence of this in the Covid-19 pandemic as well, although there has been little public discussion of it.
DISASTER - 5 lessons COVID-19 has taught us for the next pandemic
3/16/21 The pandemic that launched the nation’s first and most ambitious experiment to slow the spread of COVID-19 — stay-home orders for 7.6 million Bay Area residents — is easing. It’s left behind shattered lives, economic upset and widened racial inequities, but also valuable lessons which could strengthen our future response to outbreaks of deadly contagion. “Despite these enormous hardships, we have so many reasons for hope and a better future now,” said Dr. Dan Lowenstein, executive vice chancellor and provost of UC San Francisco.
DISASTER - ARC - Preparing for Disaster During COVID-19
Disasters can cause sudden challenges like knocking out power, blocking roads, disrupting the response of emergency services, and causing stores and pharmacies to close for an extended period. COVID-19 adds to this complexity. Prepare now so that you have critical skills and can meet your basic needs. Key Words: American Red Cross Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Korean | Tagalog | Arabic | French | Haitian |
DISASTER - Alternative Housing Is a Wildfire Recovery Solution in Northern California
4/19/21 Housing has been the most discussed topic within the communities affected by the Camp Fire that occurred in Northern California in November 2018. The disaster destroyed nearly 19,000 physical structures in the town of Paradise and nearby unincorporated communities in Butte County. Sadly, former residents of now burn-scarred communities still face many challenges on their path to having a place they can confidently call home, even months or years later. Agencies and individuals are aggressively seeking different housing solutions, hoping to rebuild the town and communities despite all the obstacles that arise on the way. While focusing on disaster case management, Tzu Chi volunteers are also proactively involving themselves and collaborating with partner agencies to pursue feasible housing solutions. Key Words: Tiny Homes, 3D Printing
DISASTER - American Red Cross (ARC) Reunification Assistance
6/2021 Reunification of Family in the US and US Territories Restoring Family Links to locate a family member outside of the US separated by international crisis. Call our free Restoring Family Links national helpline at 1-844-782-9441 Multi-language: Spanish
DISASTER - CA Disaster Relief Resource Guide
Directory of State and Federal Resources for people who have been affected by the recent wildfires. Governor Newsom declared a statewide emergency due to the fires and extreme weather conditions, and he has also secured a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to bolster the state’s emergency response to wildfires burning in Northern California and support impacted residents in Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.. Contact us if you would like direct assistance at 1-877-345-4633 or email us here.
DISASTER - CA Hazard Maps by County
All CA county maps color coded risk for Earthquake, Wildfire and Flood Hazards Santa Clara | Alameda | Santa Cruz |
DISASTER - Disability Disaster Hotline
The Disaster Hotline provides information, referrals, guidance, technical assistance and resources to people with disabilities, their families, allies, organizations assisting disaster impacted individuals with disabilities and others seeking assistance with immediate and urgent disaster-related needs. available for intake calls, 24/7 at (800) 626-4959 and We will respond to your call as soon as possible, often immediately, and we intend to respond to all callers within 24 hours.
DISASTER - Disaster Relief and COVID-19 Related Assistance not Considered in Public Charge
8/20 Excerpts from the USCIS Public Charge link ....The Public Charge rule does not restrict access to testing, screening, or treatment of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. In addition, the rule does not restrict access to vaccines for children or adults to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. Importantly, for purposes of a public charge inadmissibility determination,. .....The rule does not include consideration of emergency medical assistance, disaster relief, national school lunch programs, foster care and adoption, student and mortgage loans, energy assistance, food pantries and homeless shelters and Head Start.Key Words: Immigrants
DISASTER - FEMA FAQ - Citizenship Status and Eligibility for Disaster Assistance
11/15/19 FEMA Fact Sheet with disaster relief eligibility information for non-citizens. Key Words: Undocumented Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Korean
DISASTER - Guide to Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrant Californians
This guide provides detailed information about the types of federal, state and local disaster assistance services available in California. Although some of the resources are restricted to individuals or households with lawful immigration status, there are many services available to all Californians. Spanish
DISASTER - Inclusive emergency Response - Immigrants Essential and Vulnerable in San José
8/7/20 New research from New American Economy (NAE) released today in partnership with the City of San José highlights how immigrants are both essential to San José’s rapid response efforts and especially vulnerable due to gaps in federal relief packages, language access barriers, and increased risks of infection associated with frontline and essential work. San José is one of twelve recipients of NAE research to inform culturally sensitive emergency response measures that ensure all residents are included, regardless of immigration status. Key Words: COVID-19, Coronavirus, Disaster, undocumented
DISASTER - Insurance Advocacy - United Policyholders Roadmap to Recovery
Since 1991 our Roadmap to Recovery™ program has been improving disaster recovery by providing free insurance and decision-making guidance, tools and resources to people, businesses and communities. The program includes our online library of claim tips, sample letters, reports, instructional videos, professional help directory, and articles written by leading experts in personal finance, construction and the law. Key Words: Wildfire
DISASTER - Listos CA Disaster Ready Guide
Simple preparation tips for getting information, making a plan with your family and support network, and making a kit, Multi-language: Chinese | Tagalog | Hmong | Korean | Punjabi | Russian | Spanish | Tongan | Vietnamese |
DISASTER - National Integrated Drought Information System
View up-to-date drought conditions down to the city and county level, including temperature, and precipitation conditions, key drought indicators, outlooks, historical conditions, and water supply, agriculture, and public health maps. The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. This map shows drought conditions across California using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4). The USDM is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, and NOAA. Key Words: Weather, Water
DISASTER - PG&E power shutoffs could become more frequent
3/23/21 SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge overseeing Pacific Gas & Electric’s criminal probation said Tuesday that he is considering requiring the utility to be more aggressive about turning off its electricity lines near tall trees, a plan that could double the number of power outages for some Northern California counties over the next decade. The proposal outlined during a two-hour court hearing is the latest effort to prevent the utility’s equipment from sparking more deadly wildfires by reducing the likelihood that trees could fall into the utility’s long-neglected electrical equipment.
DISASTER - Recording of Discussion on Accessibility of Red Cross Disaster Services
3/15/21 American Red Cross (ARC) provides disaster relief services all day, every day, where ever needed, so people can have clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they need them the most. The purpose of ARC is to meet the immediate disaster-caused needs of individuals, families, and communities. This session addresses the mission and services of American Red Cross and how those service look amidst COVID a concurrent disaster. This session will also address inclusive practices, and discuss functional and access needs for individuals and families seeking supports and how ARC can accommodate. This training is part of the first-ever Disaster Resilience Awareness by Disability Rights Texas. Key Words: AFN, disabilities
DISASTER - Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. Programs include: Paycheck Protection Program Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Loan Advance SBA Debt Relief SBA Express Bridge Loans Guidance for Businesses and Employers SBA Products and Resources Government Contracting Local Assistance Key Words: Coronavirus, Finance, COVID-19 Multi-language: Spanish
Disaster Tips from Listos for People Experiencing Homelessness. Multi-language: Chinese | Tagalog | Hmong | Korean | Spanish | Vietnamese |
Smoke from wildfires and structure fires can affect health: eye and throat irritation, coughing, and difficulty breathing. Here are some things people can do to help protect themselves. English, Spanish, Tagalog,Chinese
HEALTH - CA Notify
You have the power to help your friends, family and community Add your phone to California’s exposure notification system to get COVID-19 exposure alerts and to protect those around you. Once you activate CA Notify, it does all the work. All you do is keep your Bluetooth on. You will only receive alerts if you were in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19. Your privacy is protected as your identity is not known and your location is not tracked. Frequently asked questions Key Words: Pandemic, Multi-Language: Spanish Vietnamese Tagalog Chinese Russian Korean
HEALTH - CDC Guidelines for Schools, Workplaces & Community Locations and FAQ
11/13/20 CDC Updated guidelines and resources for Homes, K-12 Schools, Childcare Settings, Colleges, Workplaces, Healthcare Settings, Faith Based Organizations, First Responders, Commercial Settings, and Large Mass Gatherings. Specific mitigation plans for Santa Clara County, CA, Seattle, WA, , New York (NY), MA and Florida (FL) Multi-language: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) in English FAQ, Spanish FAQ , and Chinese FAQ Key Words: Pandemic,,COVID-19
This guide provides tips about services, including public benefits, that are available to immigrant Californians, including some that are available regardless of immigration status. Including: ** Stay-at-home order considerations ** Ways to protect yourself and others ** Immigration help ** Public charge information for accessing public benefits ** Testing and treatment ** Information on jobs, wages, and benefits Small business support ** Housing * Food and bills ** Community safety * Protection against scams and bad information. Check COVID19.CA.GOV for updates. Multi-language: Spanish | Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | Korean | Vietnamese | Tagalog | Key Words: Disaster, Pandemic, Coronavirus, Undocumented
HEALTH - FEMA - Community Vaccination Centers Playbook
2/4/21 This playbook establishes guidance for providing federal support to existing and new Community Vaccination Centers (CVCs) that are essential to accomplishing the mission, to include interagency coordination, resource support, facility setup, and other requirements that may necessitate federal support. Key Words - Government
MENTAL HEALTH - Disaster Distress Helpline
The Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 is a 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling after experiencing a natural or man-made disaster or tragedy. Spanish A disaster or tragedy is unexpected and often brings out strong emotions. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services. Key Words: Mental Health, Multi-language, COVID-19, coronavirus
MENTAL HEALTH - American Red Cross Individual and Group Emotional Support for Frontline Workers
This ARC free service helps frontline workers cope with the stress of working with families affected by COVID 19. Individuals may call our tollfree number 833-492-0094. Groups may schedule a support session using the Psychological First Aid Training Request Form. Red Cross volunteers who are professional healthcare providers, mental health providers and spiritual care providers will work with the individual directly or can schedule a group support session. All services are free and confidential. You are not alone!
MENTAL HEALTH - American Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center (VFAC)
VFAC is an Integrated Condolence Care Program for families and communities who have suffered loss of loved ones, and who have experienced a disrupted grief process due to restrictions related to COVID-19. Grieving is always difficult, and we recognize the Coronavirus pandemic creates additional challenges and needs. This VFAC offers information and resources that we hope will be helpful during this difficult time. Note: We will add new resources to this page as we become aware of them. If you have ideas for additions, please contact us at (Página en español) Mlti-language: Spanish
MENTAL HEALTH - CA Senior Hotline
CA has launched a hotline to deliver services and help for older Californians. CALL: 1-833-544-2374. Social isolation is real. During these trying times it’s important to check in with our loved ones. Stay Home. Save Lives. Check In Key Words: COVID-19
MENTAL HEALTH - Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (SAMHSA)
When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease such as Ebola, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal, and may be more likely or pronounced in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. In the wake of an infectious disease outbreak, monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress in yourself and your loved ones. Know how to relieve stress, and know when to get help. Key Words: Mental Health, SAMHSA, COVID-19, Coronavirus
Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor. Every texter is connected with a a real-life human being trained to bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving. All of Crisis Text Line's Crisis Counselors are volunteers, donating their time to helping people in crisis. Key Words: Mental Health, Stress, Anxiety, coronavirus, COVID-19,
MENTAL HEALTH - How To Cope With Sheltering in Place
Sheltering in place means people are asked by local officials to stay where they are for a period of time. This tip sheet from SAMHSA describes reactions often associated with sheltering in place. It also suggests ways to care for yourself and your family during the experience and provides additional resources you may find helpful. Key Words:: Mental Health, COVID-19
MENTAL HEALTH - Safety Planning During COVID-19: Tips From Domestic Violence Survivors For Survivors
The Safety Planning Guide was created by members of Sanctuary’s Survivor Leadership program and has been reviewed by multiple clinicians. The guide draws from survivors’ and clinicians’ expertise, as well as from safety planning models from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, Sanctuary for Families, and Love is Respect. DV Planning Handout En Multi-language: Spanish | French | German | Arabic | Korean Korean
RESOURCE - San Jose COVID-19 Virtual Local Assistance Center
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this page consists of resources for San José residents on: **Food ** Immigrant Resources ** Housing ** Employment & Job Training ** Health & Wellness ** Utilities & Internet ** Small Businesses and Nonprofits. For more informationcall 311 or 408-535-3500, or fill out a contact form. Live chat (8-5, M-F), TTY for the hearing impaired at 1-800-735-2922 . Key Words: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese
UTILITIES - PG&E Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS)
If severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity for several days, in the interest of public safety. Enroll in the Medical Baseline program if you rely on power for medical needs to receive extra notifications in advance of a PSPS and a lower monthly rate. Multi-language: Spanish Vietnamese Chinese Tagalog Korean Russian Key Words: Access and Functional Needs, AFN, Special Needs, Disaster
DEMOGRAPHICS - Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the US
2/11/21 Key Statistics on Immigrants in the US ted in One Useful Resource The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) today published the latest version of its perennially popular resource, Frequently Requested Statistics on Immigrants and Immigration in the United States, which features a wealth of data about the U.S. immigrant population as well as current and historic migration to the United States.
DEMOGRAPHICS - How Census Data Help the Nation Respond to Disasters
4/20/20 In the broad landscape of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, U.S. Census Bureau data can be immensely valuable. The Census Bureau produces timely local data that are critical to emergency planning, preparedness, and recovery efforts for all types of emergencies.
DISASTER - RedRover Animal Rescue
RedRover helps animals rescued from disasters or neglect, domestic violence victims seeking safety with their pets, and animals with life-threatening illnesses. We use innovative solutions to prevent cruelty. Links to pet friendly hotels and shelters.
DISASTER - 2020 California: State & Local Level Disaster Referrals
8/20 Comprehensive list of contact information for state, county and city resources for people effected by disasters.
DISASTER - American Red Cross - Silicon Valley Chapter (ARC-SV)
Classes in disaster preparedness and response, health and safety, first aid, and childcare. Emergency assistance for victims of home fires and natural disasters. Fire prevention and community education programs. International Services - Family Reunification. San Jose office serves Santa Clara County. Key Words: RIF
DISASTER - CADRE (Collaborating Agencies' Disaster Relief Effort)
COVID-19 Update Coordinating the network of Santa Clara County non-profit service providers in the relief effort. BI-weekly inter-agency zoom meetings with updates, resource development, information sharing and advocacy. Registration required. Contact with questions.
A leading network of organizations that provide community services that are essential in times of disaster. CADRE coordinates organizational preparedness planning in non-disaster times and activates to respond and provide essential services during and after a disaster. CADRE works closely with Santa Clara County's emergency management community to build disaster resilience among service organizations through communication, coordination and preparedness training. CADRE is the official local Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster (VOAD) for SCC under Northern California's State VOAD.
DISASTER - Emergency Financial First Aid Kit
9/19 The Operation Hope Emergency and FEMA Financial First Aid Kit offer easy step-by-step instructions for how to protect personal assets and financial information, and reduce the challenges associated with emergencies and disasters. Downloadable pdf or Online Fillable Forms.
DISASTER - Emergency Preparedness Tips in Sign Language (ASL)
This 4.5-minute video goes through disaster and emergency preparedness tips and techniques, including how to create an emergency kit, make a plan, and get information. Tips include factors that are specific to those who are deaf or hard of hearing, such as packing extra hearing aid batteries and purchasing a text display radio. The video emphasizes three steps in emergency preparedness: make a ready kit, be prepared, and stay informed and goes into detail on what should be included in your ready kit and has specific advice for things to include for those who are deaf/hard of hearing. Key Words: communication, AFN, Translation, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Disaster
DISASTER - Emergency Preparedness: Plan (ASL)
This 6-minute video from the Arizona DEMA’s Emergency Preparedness series encourages community members to create a plan for what to do in the case of an emergency. It emphasizes the need for separate versions of this plan for different places you spend time (such as home, work and school), choosing a meeting place out of the area as well as nearby, and discussing with your family the steps to take in either an evacuation or staying in place. It gives advice such creating pre-written messages as it may be easier for those who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate, and checking with local emergency management agency to see if they keep a record of those with access and functional needs. This video gives a lot of information and details every step of preparing for an emergency situation. Key Words: communication, AFN, Translation, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Disaster
DISASTER - Help for Immigrants after a disaster
6/25/20 Multi-language 1 page from the Legal Services Corporation Spanish Vietnamese Korean Mandarin Chinese Russian
DISASTER - Listos California
The Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign is an effort based on an investment of public funds by Governor Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, to ready our most vulnerable populations for disasters like wildfires, earthquakes and floods, and now public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. before disasters strike. Anchored at the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Korean
DISASTER - Outsmart Disaster
5/21 The Outsmart Disaster campaign aims to equip California businesses with the tools they need to get back to business faster in the face of any disaster. Key Words: Employer, preparation The Resilient Business Challenge is a virtual, self-guided process composed of five steps. Each step covers a different topic and includes assessments, materials, training, and processes to help your business become more resilient. Also available: Resiliency Tool Kit
DISASTER - PG&E Library of Wildfire safety webinars and events
PG&E hosts online webinars throughout each year for anyone who is interested in learning more about our Community Wildfire Safety Program. These virtual gatherings allow community members to learn more about wildfire safety and emergency preparedness, meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback. See past recording and schedule of upcoming events. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog | Korean | Russian | Hmong | Portuguese | Japanese |
DISASTER - Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies is the only U.S. disability-led organization with a focused mission on equal access, disability rights and full inclusion of people with disabilities, older adults, and people with access and functional needs before, during, and after disasters and emergencies. Disaster Hotline: (800) 626-4959 Spanish Key Words: AFN
DISASTER - Protecting Your Family from Earthquakes - 7 Steps to Earthquake Safety
It may be hard to find the supplies and services we need after the next earthquake. To keep our loved ones and our community safe, we must prepare now. | Spanish | English - Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese | This popular site includes extensive information on earthquake preparation with downloadable PDF's specific to Southern and Northern California, Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Alaska | Multi-language:
DISASTER - Santa Cruz County Long Term Wildfire Recovery Group (LTRG)
5/19/21 This list of resources is intended to help Santa Cruz County community members impacted by the 2021 with the recovery process, a long road which extends all the way through repairing or rebuilding and ultimately to finding a “new normal.” It’s hard work, but you don’t have to go through it alone. Email to connect with a disaster case manager. 2021 CZU August Lightning Complex Wildfire Resources
DISASTER - The Salvation Army SCC
9/1/20 Providing assistance in the wildfires. A national faith based organization with multiple social services including Disaster Services, Emergency Financial Assistance, Emergency Shelter, Food, Family Counseling Services, Health Services, Housing and more. Main Santa Clara County offices in San Jose and Gilroy. Spanish Key Words: Disaster, CADRE, SCC
DISASTER - USDA Disaster Assistance Programs At a Glance
Grid showing US Dept of Agriculture programs and eligibility for various types of disaster.,
DISASTER - United Policy Holders Insurance Library
Guidance on all aspects of loss and insurance recovery from water/flood damage. You will find information and tools for getting oriented, understanding your policy, documenting and valuing damaged or destroyed property, navigating the claim process and resolving disputes. VOAD Member (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Key Words: Disaster, UP Help
DISASTER - Wildfire Preparation
Information from CalFire on prevention, preparation, preparation of property, checklists for evacuation, animals (pets and livestock), what to do if trapped, returning home and rebuilding. Multi-language: Spanish
FOOD - Disaster Food Stamps (D-SNAP)
Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP or Disaster CalFresh) gives food assistance to low-income households with food loss or damage caused by a natural disaster. D-SNAP uses different standards than normal SNAP. If you would not normally qualify for SNAP, you may qualify for D-SNAP. Disaster Calfresh Eligibility Current SNAP clients may also request replacement benefits for food that was lost in the disaster and bought with SNAP benefits. Disaster Relief is not subject to Public Charge.
HEALTH - American Sign Language (ASL) Video Series on COVID-19 Tips
American Sign Language playlist of 20 educational videos on COVID-19 including: Prevention, Managing Anxiety, Social Distancing, Parents Supporting Children, Older Adults, Symptoms, Cleaning your home, and more Key Words: AFN, Translation, Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Coronavirus, Pandemic, Disaster, Mental Health
HEALTH - InformaGente COVID-19 Youtube conversation for Latinx Community
Listos California, in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), launched "InformaGente," a new online conversation series to foster a culture of emergency readiness among Latinx communities. 5/28/20 The first InformaGente conversation features actor Nicholas Gonzalez, star of ABC’s The Good Doctor, and Dr. Gil Chavez, Senior Advisor to the Director of the California Department of Public Health. Dr. Chavez and Mr. Gonzalez discuss issues related to COVID-19 from hand washing and physical distancing, to concerns about visiting a doctor due to immigration status. Multi-language: Spanish
IMMIGRANTS - CA Humanitarian and relief services - AB 2327 Protecting non-citizens in Disaster
2008 Law to protect non-citizens in disasters - Public employees shall assist evacuees and other individuals in securing disaster-related assistance and services without eliciting any information or document that is not strictly necessary to determine eligibility under state and federal laws. Entities providing disaster-related services and assistance shall strive to ensure that all victims receive the assistance that they need and for which they are eligible. Nothing in this subdivision shall prevent public employees from taking reasonable steps to protect the health or safety of evacuees and other individuals during an emergency. Individuals fleeing a disaster or coping with emergency circumstances commonly lose access to their personal documents and identification, and replacing them during a disaster or emergency can be burdensome, if not impossible, especially for vulnerable populations, such as low-income individuals, undocumented immigrants, seniors, or persons with disabilities.
12/17 It is important to maintain valid immigration documents. Unfortunately, when unexpected natural disasters such as fires, floods, or earthquakes occur, documents may be destroyed or lost. This can leave you unprotected and vulnerable without a way to travel, verify authorization to work, prove U.S. citizenship, identify yourself, or check on pending applications. Below is information on the process to request replacement documents, what evidence you will need to file, and the associated filing fees.
LEGAL - Disaster Legal Services (DLS)
DLS provides confidential free legal assistance to low-income survivors who were directly affected by the Presidentially declared major disaster, meet the definition of low-income, and do not have the means to hire an attorney. Low-income refers to survivors who have insufficient resources to secure adequate legal services, whether the insuffiency existed prior to or resulted from the major disaster. DLS attorneys are volunteers who provide survivors with legal counseling and advice, and when appropriate legal representation for non-fee generating cases; they are not FEMA employees. Any services or conversations that occur between a survivor and one of the attorneys are confidential and will not be shared with FEMA.
LEGAL - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Tenants after Natural Disasters CA Fires
11/15/18 This fact sheet is designed Fair Housing Napa Valley to aid tenants who have been affected by recent wildfires. Multi-language: Spanish Key Words: Disaster, eviction, know your rights, KYR
RESOURCE - Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC)
To qualify, one must: ***Be a person with a significant disability or impairment, which limits ability to function independently in home, community, environment, or work ***Be able to benefit from services to achieve a greater level of independence; and ***Live or work in Santa Clara County, or a county that does not provide independent living services that SVILC provides. Complete the Intake process to receive SVILC’s services. Please email or call (408) 894-9041 to begin this process. For anyone who relies on electricity for life sustaining equipment, call SVILC at 408-894-9041 or email us at to get on our Public Safety Power Shutoff contact list, Multi-language: Spanish, Vietnamese
USCIS - Relief Available to Customers Affected by Disasters or Extreme Situations
When requested, the USCIS may offer immigration relief measures to people affected by natural catastrophes and other extreme situations. These might include Extensions & Changes of Status, document replacement, fee waiver, or Employment Authorization. For more information call the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283. Spanish
AFN - 711 Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS)
Free TTY-based Telecommunications Relay Services permit persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities. Dial 711 to be automatically connected to a TRS communications assistant. It's fast, functional and free. Dialing 711, both voice and TTY-based TRS users can initiate a call from any telephone, anywhere in the US, without having to remember and dial a ten-digit access number. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese | Chinese | Tagalog | Korean | Key Words: Access and Functional Needs, Communication
DISASTER - AlertSCC - Multi-language Emergency Alerts
AlertSCC is a free, easy, and confidential way for anyone who lives or works in Santa Clara County to get emergency warnings sent directly to their cell phone, mobile device, email, or landline. AlertSCC can reach you wherever you are to provide information and instructions in a variety of emergency situations. Languages: Spanish| | Vietnamese | Chinese
DISASTER - American Red Cross (ARC) - Free Disaster Preparation and Response Apps
Spanish language toggle feature on Red Cross Disaster Preparation Apps Tornado, Hurricane, Earthquake, Flood, Wildfire, and First Aid (even Pet First Aid). Also includes Monster Guard disaster prep game for children. in Android, iPhone and iPad. | Spanish |
DISASTER - MyShake Quake Alert App
10/17/19 For the 30th Anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake, the USGS has just released MyShake - a new Shake Alert app for the SF Bay Area. It is now available for download to iOS and Android devices, allows earthquake warning messages to reach Californians statewide, and should give several seconds warning at the beginning of an earthquake.  Possibly enough time to get to a safe place and Drop, Cover and Hold. Key Words: Disaster, emergency, prepared
DISASTER - Ready Wrigley Prepares for Earthquakes
The CDC has designed this activity book as an interactive tool to further children's education and promote disaster preparedness. Ready Wrigley was created to provide parents, guardians, teachers, and young children with tips, activities, and a story to help the whole family prepare for emergencies by staying informed, packing emergency kits, and making a family communication plan. Spanish |
DISASTER - Small Business Administration (SBA)
Secure Web porta serves as the homepage for the Disaster Loan Electronic Loan Application (ELA). features include: Application status updates " A list of open declarations " Fact sheets and " Links to additional information and resources.
DISASTER - Some undocumented immigrants didn't evacuate during hurricane to avoid risk of deportation
10/4/18 BuzzFeed News spoke with a number of documented and undocumented immigrants, as well as immigration advocates and volunteers, who said that the Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration made many immigrants feel as though they had to ride out the storm and subsequent flooding at home. The Department of Homeland Security had notified residents that immigration agents would not conduct enforcement during evacuation or at shelters, but BuzzFeed News found that many undocumented immigrants said the risk of deportation was too great. Key Words: DHS, disaster, FEMA
DISASTER - Zombie Pandemic Preparedness Graphic Novel
CDC has a fun way of teaching about emergency preparedness. Our graphic novel, "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie, and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a Preparedness Checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes. Key Words: Children
EMPLOMENT - COVID-19 Contact Tracing Course
2021 In this free, 7 hour virtual course, students will learn about the science of SARS-CoV-2 , including the infectious period, and why contact tracing can be effective. How contact tracing is done, including how to build rapport with cases, identify their contacts, and support both cases and their contacts to stop transmission. Also cover several important ethical considerations around isolation, and quarantine. Identify some of the most common barriers -- along with strategies to overcome them. English with Subtitles: Arabic, French, Portuguese (European), Chinese (Simplified), Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Korean, German, Russian, Turkish, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Nepali Key Words: Pandemic, Coronavirus
HEALTH - EthnoMed Cultural Profiles
The objective of the website is to make information about culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups. Multi-language materials on disaster preparedness and numeral medical conditions, along with cultural perceptions and treatment advice, available for download.
HEALTH - Why few farmworkers isolate in California’s free COVID-19 hotel rooms
12/26/20 County and state officials, as well as advocates, say farmworkers fear the hotel rooms open them up to job loss, deportation, problems with citizenship or residency cases, even the fear of battling a deadly disease alone. Key Words: Pandemic, immigration
INSURANCE - Nonprofit Insurance Alliance
NIA is a 501(c)3 serving over 20,000 nonprofit organizations in 32 states and the District of Columbia rely on us for their liability and property insurance. These nonprofits include animal rescues, children’s programs, group homes, senior organizations, art programs, food banks, community groups, foster family agencies and many others. These organizations are essential to the health of the communities they serve. Key Words: Disaster
LEGAL - Disaster Legal Aid
The goals of this website are: *to serve as a centralized national resource for legal aid, pro bono and criminal defender attorneys across the country on legal issues related to all types of disasters, *to recruit and help mobilize pro bono attorneys in the aftermath of a disaster, and *to provide accurate and timely information on legal issues related to disasters to the low and moderate income public. This is a collaborative effort of Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Texas Legal Services Center and Pro Bono Net. Multi-language: Spanish | Vietnamese
Comprehensive database of CA non-profit service providers with legal assistance in the areas of: Housing, Immigration, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Seniors, Abuse Protecton, Consumer Issues, Disability, Work, Public Benefits and more. Spanish | Vietnamese | Korean | Tagalog / Filipino | Russian |
RESOURCE - CA State & Local Level Referrals 2020
8/20 CA Wildfires Directory of State and County resources links, phone number and description of services. Key Words: Foodd, Mental Health, AFN, Disabilities, Seniors, Legal, Employment, Disaster
RESOURCE - SVCF San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties Wildfire Relief Fund for Non-Profits
9/20 The Silicon Valley Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund is currently focused on providing grants to organizations working on Response, Relief and Recovery phases of the fires as explained below. At this point, we are not yet processing requests from organizations supporting the Rebuilding and Resiliency/Preparedness effort. Apply On Line
UTILITIES - PSPS - Understand Potential Public Safety Power Shutoff
if severe weather threatens a portion of the electric system, it may be necessary for PG&E to turn off electricity in the interest of public safety. Multi-language: Spanish| Vietnamese| Chinese | Tagalog | Korean | Russian |
CHILDREN - Backpack Emergency Card for Children
Printable ID Cards from the CDC to be completed and carried in children's backpacks. It is important to have your emergency contact information with you in case of an emergency. Key Words: Disaster
DISASTER - Active Shooter Video - Run, Hide, Fight
A 6 minute video from Houson Ready on how to survive an active shooter event in an office. Language: English
DISASTER - American Red Cross Power Outage Checklist
For prolonged power outages,, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible. Key Words: Disaster, Emergency
DISASTER - Audit: State Disaster Planning Still Ignores Disabled and Limited English Speaking People
12/23/19 The audit focused on the emergency alert, evacuation and shelter plans in place for the California Office of Emergency Services and Ventura, Sonoma and Butte counties ahead of their respective wildfires in 2017 and 2018. California emergency officials are continuing to overlook the state's most vulnerable people, including those with disabilities, as they make preparations for inevitable wildfires, floods and other disasters, according to a state audit released this month. Residents who don't speak English have been unable to find information in their language. Individuals who use wheelchairs or rely on electricity to power lifesaving equipment have found themselves unable to move and cut off from the outside world, trapped in part, the audit suggests, by state and county leaders' inability to think ahead for emergencies.
DISASTER - Be Prepared for Wildfires during COVID-19
A wildfire is an unplanned, unwanted fire burning in a natural area, such as a forest, grassland, or prairie. Wildfires are increasing in size and intensity across the United States, and these trends are expected to continue. As communities expand into natural areas, homes are increasingly situated in or near areas prone to wildfires, called the wild and urban interface. Key Words: American Red Cross, ARC, Multi-language: Spanish | French | Simplified Chinese | Traditional Chinese | Korean | Vietnamese
DISASTER - CA Power Outage and Fire Response Resources
The State of California is providing resources to help Californians impacted by the unique challenges brought on by wildfire and power shutoffs. Help with Shelter, Food, Key Words: Disaster
DISASTER - Emergency Financial 1st Aid Kit - 2019.pdf
The EFFAK is a flexible tool designed to help individuals and families at all income levels collect and secure the documentation they would need to get on the road to recovery without unnecessary delays, should disaster strike. The EFFAK also includes helpful tips and suggestions regarding how to safeguard important information, what to do in case of an emergency, and how to work with others to strengthen community preparedness. Key Words: Disaster Multi-language: Spanish
DISASTER - FEMA Mobile Disaster App - English & Spanish
The app provides a customizable checklist of emergency supplies, maps of open shelters and Disaster Recovery Centers, and tips on how to survive natural and manmade disasters. The latest version (May, 2016) features weather-related alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS). Users can sign up to receive these alerts for up to five locations across the U.S.The |Spanish| of the app is available for download to Android and Apple devices. Key words: Federal Emergency Management System
DISASTER - Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration
A project of the World Institute on Disability (WID) Organizations led by people with disabilities are often left out of disaster relief funding from foundations, corporations and governments. When disability-led organizations are left out of funding and planning, people with disabilities are left without the support they need to maintain their health, safety independence, dignity and even their lives. This has already resulted in high death rates for people with disabilities in all disasters – including COVID-19. Key Words: AFN
DISASTER - How California can recover from wildfires without leaving its most vulnerable behind
9/11/20 “While people claim that disasters do not discriminate, there are human decisions that make some populations more vulnerable than others,” said Michael Méndez, an assistant professor at the University of California, Irvine, who co-authored the article. “The big picture is understanding that systemic racism and cultural norms determine who is a worthy disaster victim.”
DISASTER - Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA)
IRUSA conducts numerous humanitarian programs in the US and around the world, including food aid, women's programs, education, disaster relief, health, and more. In partnership with the American Red Cross,, IRUSA offers free training to disaster volunteers and assists refugees in local communities. As a member of NVOAD, IRUSA responds to major disasters sending volunteers and resources. Key Words: Muslim, FBO, INTERNATIONAL
DISASTER - Let's Have Fun With Fire Safety - English & Spanish
This activity book gives young children valuable fire safety and prevention tips. Contains coloring pages and fun activities introducing children to topics such as escape planning, kitchen fire safety and what to do if you hear a smoke alarm sound. Recommended ages: 5-9. Spanish
DISASTER - Managing Your Money in Times of Emergencies
RESOURCES TO MANAGE YOUR MONEY DURING EMERGENCIES from Community Ventures in Santa Cruz. Emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can have a significant economic toll on families and individuals. These six simple steps can help navigate these difficult times. Multi-language: Spanish
DISASTER - Pet Preparedness Plan
This CDC site has simple instructions for making a disaster kit for your pet(s), pet ID, sheltering in place, evacuation, and a links to directories of hotels that take pets nationwide.
DISASTER - Prepare For Emergencies Now: Information For Older Americans
While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, every individual can take steps to prepare for all kinds of emergencies from fires and floods to potential terrorist attacks. By evaluating your own personal needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared. This guide outlines commonsense measures older Americans can take to start preparing for emergencies before they happen. Key Words: VPOPs, Seniors, Elderly
DISASTER - Returning Home After A Wildfire
8/28/20 Safety Tips from the CA DEPT of FORESTRY and FIRE PROTECTION - Once a wildfire has burned through an area, many dangers could remain. Firefighters and utility workers begin restoring fire damaged areas as soon as they can. Making the area safe for the public can take multiple days. Stay out of the evacuation area until fire officials tell you it is safe to return. It is extremely important to be aware of the hazards and know what to look for when the evacuation order is lifted.
DISASTER - Silicon Valley, a Global Pandemic,and a Better Normal
6/21 The COVID-19 crisis has caused major disruption across Silicon Valley and exacerbated long-standing structural inequities, demanding a strong response. Silicon Valley has never been satisfied with the status quo, so we set our sights higher. Our Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable (SVRR) colleagues were tasked with finding ways to emerge from the pandemic into a better, more inclusive, and more equitable region where we could make strides toward resolving long-standing challenges, and address those magnified by COVID-19.
DISASTER - Tzu Chi Foundation
Originally founded in Taiwan, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is an international non-profit humanitarian organization with 4 major missions: charity, medicine, education, and humanistic culture. The foundation also engages in disaster relief. Tzu Chi is a member of NVOAD, National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, and often works in collaboration with other relief agencies, such as the American Red Cross. Multi-language: Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Vietnamese Key Words: Asian, Charity
DISASTER Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
DUA is a federal program that night be authorized to provide financial assistance to jobless workers and the self-employed when they are unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially Declared major natural disaster.
HEALTH - Air Quality Guide Map and Chart
Harmful particle pollution is one of our nation’s most common air pollutants. Current Air Quality map of entire US. Enter zip code for local details. Use the Air Quality Guide for Particle Pollution chart to help reduce your exposure and protect your health. Multi-language: Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese . Key Words: ALLIES4, Disaster
HEALTH - Health Information Translations
Extensive collection of translations on health and disaster preparedness subjects from a collaboration of Ohio organizations. Languages include: Spanish, American Sign Language, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional. English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Portuguese, Brazilian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
HEALTH - When To Call 911 And When Not To Call 911
California's 9-1-1 system received more than twenty-eight million calls in 2016 - more than 78,000 calls per day - and 80% of these calls were from wireless devices. 9-1-1 research shows that up to 40% of the total 911 calls in California are either unintentional or not true emergencies. Knowing when NOT to call 911 is just as important as knowing when and how to call 911. Key Words:
INFO - 211 Bay Area Directory
211 is a free, non-emergency, confidential, 3 digit phone number and online database service that provides 24/7 access to critical health and human services. Text Coronavirus to 211211 for information on response efforts throughout the Bay Area. Referrals to new distribution locations and schedule for food box pick-up, and box meal distribution for children under 18. Food deliveries for those in quarantine or ill. Multi-language: over 170 languages Area: Counties of San Mateo, Napa, Solano , Marin and Santa Clara Key Words: food, housing, employment, health care, counseling, disaster, pandemic, COVID-19, SCC,
LEGAL - Disaster Legal Services (DLS) for CA Wildfires
9/13/20 The legal hotline for survivors of the fires in Butte, Lake, Monterey, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo Counties. Disaster survivors facing legal issues related to the fires may call the hotline at (888) 382-3406. Multi-lingual: Spanish
RESOURCE - Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Food, Health Care, Mental Health, House Sharing, Foster Care, Rental Assistance Citizenship services provided in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, including assessment of eligibility, application assistance, interview preparation, ESL and citizenship classes at offices in San Jose and Gilroy. CC provides resettlement and retraining services for refugees and asylees. Deferred Action (DACA), Foster Youth, Unaccompanied Minors, Disaster Casework. Member of the SCC Citizenship Collaboration and CADRE Many other free and sliding scale social programs for children, adults and seniors. Key Words: RIF, CADRE, Disaster
USCIS - Disaster Impact on Immigration Status - Special Situations
Sometimes natural catastrophes and other extreme situations can occur that are beyond your control. These events can affect your USCIS application, petition or immigration status. We cannot anticipate these events, but will do our best to help you get the benefits for which you qualify. Call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing: 800-767-1833) to learn how to request certain types of relief. Spanish
COMMUNICATION - GSMA – Worldwide Association Of Mobile Operators
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with more than 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. As part of their Disaster Response Programme they also have an excellent page dealing with Refugee Connectivity
IMMIGRANTS - Disaster Assistance Services for Immigrants - SCC OIR
Published in August, 2018, this guide from the Santa Clara County Office of Immigrant Relation (SCC OIR) provides detailed information about various types of local, state, and federal, disaster assistance services available for non-citizens. Key Words: undocumented, emergency
COMMUNICATION - IT Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC)
COVID-19 Update: The IT Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) is offering pro-bono INTERNET CONNECTIVITY, IT support, and hardware, With social distancing, internet connectivity has becoming even more critical, and we recently launched an effort called projectConnect to provide additional support to communities. Interested parties can contact us at Both organizations and individuals are welcome to submit to projectConnect, though we will prioritize communities.. As always, we continue to support EOCs, medical centers, and other responders with our usual IT hardware (e.g. tablets, laptops, and computers), IT support, and internet connectivity as well.
DEMOGRAPHICS - CDC Social Vulnerability Index
Social vulnerability refers to the potential negative effects on communities caused by external stresses on human health. Such stresses include natural or human-caused disasters, or disease outbreaks. Reducing social vulnerability can decrease both human suffering and economic loss. CDC Social Vulnerability Index (CDC SVI) uses 15 U.S. census variables to help local officials identify communities that may need support before, during, or after disasters.
DISASTER - Diversity Preparedness
The National Resource Center serves as a resource and information exchange portal to facilitate communication, networking and collaboration to build resilience and eliminate disparities for culturally diverse communities across all phases of an emergency. Administered by Drexel University
DISASTER - United Sikhs
United Sikhs is a UN-affiliated, international non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian relief, advocacy organization, to empower disadvantaged and minority communities in need, Also Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, and Youth Violence Prevention Programs, Senior Care Services, Anti-Hate Crime, Anti-Bullying Advocacy, and more. The United Sikhs National Family Resource Center was launched in 2012 to provide support, information and assistance through a 24 hour hotline (1-855-878-6333) and a new downloadable booklet, Helping Families Cope with Violence and Disaster
MENTAL HEALTH - Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
Families across the country are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most schools, places of public gathering, and nonessential businesses are closed, and parents and other caregivers are faced with helping their families adjust to the new normal. This includes trying to keep children occupied, feeling safe, and attempting to keep up with schoolwork as best as possible. None of this easy, but it helps to stay focused on what is possible in order to reinforce a sense of control and to reassure children that they are okay, and that the situation will get better. Multi-language: Spanish | Amharic | Chinese | Korean | Vietnamese | French | Urdu | Bahasa | Key Words: Mental Health
TRANSLATION - Crisis Translators Network
Amidst the pandemic, our volunteers are mobilizing around the clock to translate in hospitals, detention centers, and anywhere else where language support is needed. If you need help, please let us know HERE and we will be touch ASAP. We are a network of volunteer translators providing compassionate, effective, and trauma-informed interpretation and translation services for migrants, refugees, anyone experiencing language barriers, Key Word: COVID-19