Listos California at Cal OES Reaches Millions of At-Risk Californians to Ensure Disaster Resilience


Partners have engaged Californians through meaningful outreach interactions

SACRAMENTO – Working to continue building resilience among at-risk populations living in areas most susceptible to natural disasters, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) today announced the state has helped prepare more than 1 million Californians for disasters.

The outreach, conducted through Listos California, provided meaningful, personalized interactions to meet Californians where they are at and help them prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.

“As the state anticipates more complex, climate-driven disasters in the years to come, we know not everyone is impacted the same way,” said Cal OES Director Nancy Ward. “The personalized, unique outreach efforts of our Listos California campaign grantees help provide the resources Californians need before, during and after an emergency.”

Headquartered at Cal OES, Listos California partners have held local events, made personal phone calls and hosted trainings and presentations among many other efforts to reach socially vulnerable communities often disproportionally impacted by devastating wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

The 1 million engagements milestone was reached in just 11 months as grantees began their work in July 2022.

About Listos California

Listos California is part of an ongoing effort to enhance disaster preparedness by engaging a statewide network of 93 community-based organizations, including Tribal Governments, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and other partners to ensure the state’s most vulnerable are ready when disaster strikes.

In addition to these community-focused outreach events, Listos California has developed hundreds of downloadable resources in multiple languages related to disaster preparedness, response and recovery, including videos, social media graphics, flyers, one pagers and quick guides and Indigenous language videos on general preparedness and flooding.