California Department of Social Services Offers ‘CalHOPE’ and Other Points of Contact During March Storms


The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) coordinates with multiple state agencies during times of emergencies and disasters. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is currently offering multiple options for those who need assistance during this period of hazardous weather.

“As the storm events are here, it is ok to ask for help,” said CDSS Director Kim Johnson. “Please reach out if you need to talk to someone.”

The primary outreach for CDSS is through the “CalHOPE” hotline. There, peer counselors are available to listen with compassion and provide non-judgmental support, as well as to help connect people to additional resources. Interested residents can call toll free (833) 317-HOPE (4673) or visit

In addition, isolation can be particularly difficult for older adults. CalHOPE has established a “friendship” line, offering free crisis intervention for non-emergency emotional support. Those who are interested should call (888) 670-1360.

Cal OES continues to urge the public to remain aware of their surrounding conditions and reminds everyone to have an emergency plan in place, emergency preparedness kits at home and vehicles full of fuel. Sign-up for emergency alerts, listen to local authorities and warnings, and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.

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