EMERGENCY & PSPS PREPAREDNESS - FREED

FREED CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING


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  • 435 Sutton Way
    Grass Valley, Nevada
local_phone
  • Fax
    530-477-8184
  • TTY
    530-477-8194
  • Toll-Free
    800-655-7732
  • Business Line
    530-477-3333

If you are having a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1. For example, if you have lost power to essential life-sustaining medical devices and do not have backup power for them.

This resource is eligible for electronic referral.

FREED works with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and PG&E 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. Funding for some services below is ONLY for PSPS events and does NOT include generators.

FREED is available to possibly assist in 4 major ways:

MEDICAL BASELINE ENROLLMENT - FREED can help clients enroll in the PG&E 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, we can help you apply for PG&E’s 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.

DISASTER KITS & TRAINING - FREED 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 - FREED can provide access to portable backup batteries to qualifying customers who use electrical medical devices or assistive technology. Individuals who use life-sustaining electrical support will be our highest priority and supplies are limited. Must live in CPUC FireMap Tier 2 or 3. https://ia.cpuc.ca.gov/firemap/. This is for PSPS events only.

OTHER EMERGENCY RESOURCES - If you rely on power to operate life-sustaining medical devices, FREED may be able to assist in covering the costs associated with accessible transportation, lodging and food during a PSPS event. FREED may be able to provide gas cards for gas to power personal generators. Preparedness takes time, so it is important to reach out to FREED in advance. Please note, FREED does not operate in an emergency response posture and people experiencing a life-threatening emergency should dial 911.

For information about how to prepare for a PSPS, please contact Brian Snyder, brian@FREED.org or 530-477-3333 ext 206.