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The Coalition

The California Disaster Strategies Coalition consists of a broad group of community service providers, stakeholders and advocates working on inclusive emergency readiness, response, recovery, and mitigation. The Disaster Strategies Coalition is dedicated to keeping the disaster and emergency dialogue for disabled individuals moving forward. The coalition works to ensure that disabled people are integrated and prepared for disasters and/or emergencies through public policy advocacy and program procedures.


  • Engage a wide range of stakeholders with a shared interest in the disaster-related rights and needs of people with disabilities;
  • Anticipate and identify problems people with disabilities will face in disasters;
  • Share good practices;
  • Drive program and policy changes;
  • Assure compliance with civil rights obligations;
  • Prevent harm during and after disasters;
  • Provide tools and resources to disaster-impacted people with disabilities, local disability organizations, and other stakeholders;
  • Solve problems, increase whole community inclusion, meet accessibility requirements, improve community-wide disaster resilience and optimize outcomes for all.

By and for the Disability Community

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CA Disaster Strategies Coalition calls - new call schedule & times

Topic Calls:
When: 2nd Thursday of each month from 10:30am to 12:00 noon (PST).

Purpose: Covers emergency and disaster impacts on people with disabilities. Brief presentation 20-30 minutes. Robust discussion up to 60 minutes.

Host: June Kailes, National Expert Consultant.

Strategy Sessions:
4th Thursday of each month from 10:30am to 12:00 noon (PST).

Purpose: In collaboration with other likeminded individuals, this meeting develops community organizing strategies and provides updates on systems change impacting disaster and emergency policies.

Host: Russell Rawlings, CFILC Statewide Organizer.

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