PSPS Emergency Training

PSPS Emergency Training

PSPS Emergency Trainings are for any community member interested in learning about new, free resources and supports designed to help people with disabilities live safely and independently in their homes during power shutoffs and other emergencies.

PSPS Resources Application 

Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC) is joining with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and the PG&E service area to begin a new initiative to support people with disabilities and older adults during the activation of a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event or other emergency. The goal is to enable them to remain safe while independent in their residences and communities. We are coordinating various programs for those who depend on power for durable medical equipment or for their livelihood.

ILCKC is available to assist in these major ways:

MEDICAL BASELINE ENROLLMENT

ILCKC can assist clients enroll in the PG&E or SoCal Edison Medical Baseline Program. This is not an income-based program. If you or someone in your community requires the use of a medical or life support device due to a disability or health condition, ILCKC can help you apply for the Medical Baseline Program. If approved, clients receive a lower rate on their monthly energy bill as well as extra notifications in advance of a Public Safety Power Shutoff in some areas.

DISASTER KITS & TRAINING

ILCKC can also help individuals put together a personalized disaster plan. Emergencies, including power shutoffs, can interrupt your normal routine and support systems. Planning ahead will increase your safety.

PORTABLE BATTERY PROGRAM

This program enables ILCKC to provide access to backup portable batteries to qualifying customers who use electrical medical devices. Individuals who use life-sustaining electrical support are our highest priority and supplies are limited.

OTHER EMERGENCY RESOURCES

If you rely on power to operate life-sustaining medical devices, ILCKC may be able to assist in covering the costs associated with accessible transportation, lodging, and food during an emergency during a PSPS event.