California All


History shows our most vulnerable suffer the most when disaster strikes. Now California is doing something about it...

Empowering people who have been hard to reach, or socially isolated all across the state by giving them the right type of support to safeguard themselves, their families, and their communities from the next disaster. Delivered by Americorps members who share a passion for community service. 

The Fresno Center is a part of California All project as one part of the statewide California All Emergency Preparedness Campaign announced by Governor Newsom—a joint campaign between California Volunteers and the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. The goal is to help Californians be prepared for emergencies such as wildfires, floods and earthquakes and to “bolster local resiliency and connect one million diverse and vulnerable Californians to culturally and linguistically competent support.” The campaign is “directed at those experiencing social vulnerability factors including social isolation, poverty, language barriers, and other access and functional needs challenges.” The theory of change is that education about emergency preparedness will empower “those often on the sidelines to access the resources they need to keep themselves and their families safe, regardless of age, disability, language barrier, immigration status or income level.” 

The California All program has determined that vulnerable populations in six counties have a special need for personal education about how they and their families can prepare for wildfires, floods, earthquakes or other disasters. They are high risk due to cultural, linguistic or economic barriers that will require personalized contacts to educate them about available disaster resources in their community and what they can do in case of disasters. California All AmeriCorps Members provide information to people in these counties in ways that make the education accessible. They provide outreach to invite people to the education sessions and provide materials that explain in multiple languages where people can learn more. 

As needed, Members deploy to disasters and provide appropriate assistance to the organization(s) directly managing the disaster response. Members are able to deploy for up to two weeks to assist communities in crisis. The Member training plan includes extensive time on how to assist in disasters, and the work plan calls for the project and the Teams, when a disaster arises, to immediately create a detailed and appropriately scaled deployment plan. After each disaster deployment, Members and staff debrief in order to articulate lessons learned and improve policies and procedures for future disaster responses. 

For more information or to request a presentation, contact Cheri Cruz cheri.cruz@fresnocenter.org