With hundreds of devastating wildfires raging across our state, the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and ever-present threats of earthquakes, mudslides and other disasters, it is urgent for all Californians — especially members of vulnerable communities like ours — to embrace a new culture of emergency preparedness.
Being prepared for the next fire, flood, earthquake or epidemic is vitally important to every Californian. But not every person or every family across our diverse state has equal access to the information and resources necessary to prepare for the worst. With approximately 2 million LGBTQ+ Californians over the age of 13, it’s up to all of us to make sure our friends, families and neighbors are prepared for the next disaster.
We have partnered with Governor Gavin Newsom’s Listos California — a campaign anchored at the California Office of Emergency Services — to encourage members of our community to get prepared just in time for National Disaster Preparedness Month in September.
We encourage you to follow Listos California’s simple 5 Steps to Prepare for a Disaster, which are:
The work of our organizations varies but we have a common goal: to secure the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ Californians and the diverse communities to which we belong. Please join us in ensuring that all LGBTQ+ Californians are prepared for the next disaster by taking the 5 Steps to Prepare for a Disaster this September — and encouraging your friends, family and neighbors to do the same!
Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center
California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network
California State University at Los Angeles
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
County of Santa Clara Office of LGBTQ Affairs
The Diversity Center
El/La Para TransLatinas
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
The Gala Pride and Diversity Center
LGBT Asylum Project
LGBTQ Center OC
Latino Equality Alliance
Northern Valley Catholic Social Service
Oakland LGBTQ Community Center
Our Family Coalition
Planned Parenthood Pasadena & San Gabriel Valley
Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance
The Source LGBT+ Center
South Asian Network
Stonewall Alliance of Chico
The TransLatin@ Coalition