California’s power outages lessons to apply for people with disabilities

Thursday, June 10, 2021 – Topic Session

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Speaker: Christina Mills is the Executive Director of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). She has over 20 years of experience as a professional in the disability rights field. She works closely with stakeholders to develop strategies for individuals with disability access and functional needs to maintain their independence and quality of life during diverse disasters. CFILC is at the forefront of coordinating on the ground durable medical equipment and assistive technology support for those who are displaced during a disaster.

Power outages are a common and growing part of many emergencies. Given the increasing frequency, intensity, scale, and duration of climate, public health, and other large emergencies and disasters, power planning is an important focus of planning and advocacy. Learn about – California’s power outages lessons to apply – Short-term and long-term solutions – Future advocacy roadmap: short-term, mid-term, and long-term (individual emergency plans, legislative, regulatory, utilities, community partnerships, technology existing and future, charging centers, community resource centers, microgrids, roles of community-based organizations, and more.