California Community Network

In January 2008, the Office for Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) was created within the California Emergency Management Agency. The purpose of the OAFN is to identify needs of people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during and after a disaster, and integrate disability elements and resources into all aspects of emergency management systems.
The lessons documented from the years of assisting individuals with diverse disabilities and functional needs in disasters show three areas that are repeatedly identified as most important to people with disabilities and access and functional needs. They are 1) Communication (Alert, Warning, Notification), 2) Evacuation (Transportation), and 3) Sheltering. OAFN has developed a community network with the purpose of enhancing communication in order to identify needs and locate resources for those individuals with access and functional needs impacted by a disaster. The first step in this process was to develop a database of community-based organizations that are either the state association or providing direct services to people with disabilities and access and functional needs. The database is utilized to communicate potential disaster situations, and identify needs and resources during disasters and in recovery.

To have your organization considered to be part of the Community Network you must be a direct service provider and willing to provide 24/7 contact information. Please click on the following email link and provide a description of your organization including purpose, population served and the type of disaster services provided. The email address is:

Thank you in advance for your interest in the Community Network. Following are organizations that are part of the Community Network:

Blind and Visually Impaired

California Council of the Blind, Inc.
Earle Baum Center of the Blind

LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, Inc.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center

Deaf Counseling Advocacy and Referral Agency

NorCal Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Orange County Deaf Equal Access Foundation

Tri-County GLAD

Independent Living Centers

Access to Independence of San Diego, Inc.

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers

Resources for Independence Central Valley

Central Coast Center for Independent Living

Communities Actively Living Independent and Free

Community Access Center – Riverside

Dayle McIntosh Center

Disability Resource Center for Independent Living (DRAIL) - Modesto, Sonora and Stockton

Independent Living Center of Southern California

Independent Living Center – Kern County

Independent Living Resource Center – San Francisco

Independent Living Resource Center - Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo

Independent Living Services of Northern California

Marin Center for Independent Living

Rolling Start, Inc.

Silicon Valley Independent Living Center

Southern California Rehabilitation Services

Tri-County Independent Living

Westside Center for Independent Living

Resource Centers

Designing Accessible Communities

Disabled Resources Center

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

State Council on Developmental Disabilities

State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) Area Board 1

SCDD Area Board 2

SCDD Area Board 6

SCDD Area Board 8

SCDD Area Board 9

SCDD Area Board 13