Each September, National Preparedness Month reminds us how important it is to prepare for disasters and emergencies. Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time without warning. Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year, leaving behind lasting effects on individuals, families, and property.
The Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA) encourages all—staff and community—to prepare because “the life you’ve built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.”
There are many benefits to preparing and planning for disasters and emergencies. The most important benefits are staying safe and helping yourself, family, and your community recover.
How prepared are you for when the next disaster or emergency occurs?
Week 1, Sept. 5-9: Make a Plan
• #LastingLegacy means preparing the future generations to respond to emergencies. • Start by making a plan before disasters and emergencies strike and involve children! • Discuss with your household or family how you will communicate if there is an emergency. • Decide and practice your emergency plan with members of your household. • Houses, mobile homes, apartments, and high-rise buildings have different evacuation considerations. Make a plan for each. • Involve your entire family, including your children, in planning for disasters and emergencies so they are prepared, not afraid. • Visit www.ready.gov/plan and www.CalOES.ca.gov/prepare for additional tips and resources.
Week 2, Sept. 12-16: Build a Kit
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for several days. An emergency supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
• Build or update your emergency supplies kit. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs your family or pet(s) may have! • Store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire emergency supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. • Include children to create a #LastingLegacy! • For more information, visit www.ready.gov/kit and www.caloes.ca.gov/prepare.
Week 3, Sept. 19-23: Protect Your Family; Being Prepared Does Not Co$t Much!
Emergencies don’t wait for a convenient time. Preparing for them shouldn’t wait either. Start today by signing up for AC Alerts. Safe-guarding important documents and taking other low cost/no cost preparedness actions to lessen the impact of disasters and emergencies for you and your family.
• Help your family plan and prepare for the next emergency. Visit ready.gov to download or order your free preparedness products. • Make a Plan and Practice, Practice! Emergencies can happen anytime, and less than half of American families have a communication plan. • Make preparing fun! Involve children. Go on a scavenger hunt around your house for supply kit items. How many items you can check off? • Be in the Know. Stay Informed: What disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.
Being prepared for emergencies starts at home. Everyone can be part of the process. As a parent, guardian, or other family member, we have an important role to play when it comes to protecting our children and helping them be prepared when a disaster strikes.
• Review your family emergency communication plan; talk to your children about being prepared for an emergency; and what to do in case you are separated. • Become familiar with your child’s school evacuation and reunification plans. • Encourage your children to be part of a safe community. • Visit ready.gov for more tips on how to talk to children about natural disasters.
Drive-Through Pantry: New Location
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday through December 2022 - 9am - 1:30pm
New location! 999 69th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621
999 69th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621
New! The Food Distribution site formerly located at Oakport Street is moving! Starting 1/10/2022, the new drive-through pantry will be located at 999 69th Avenue, Oakland, CA 94621. Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 9AM – 1:30PM. For information on this location or to find another drive-through pantry near you, download the attached flyer. More info: Visit FoodNow.Net or ComidaAhora.net. Or call 510-635-3663 (FOOD). Se habla español. 我們說中文.
Advisory Commission on Aging
Second Monday of each month - 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Meets every second Monday of the month, online.
To access the agenda (normally available at least 72 hours in advance) for this meeting as well as previous minutes please visit our Advisory Commission on Aging page.
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Resource Parent Receives KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award
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Watch and be inspired: Ms. Linda Owens of Hayward has received KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award for her 34 years as a resource parent with SSA's Department of Children and Family Services (DCSF). You can watch the KPIX report to learn what her experience caring for more than 80 newborns means to her - and what her dedication has meant to DCSF and the community they serve. "It's a challenging job, but very rewarding," notes the retired grocery department manager, who has cared for babies with challenges such as drug exposure in the womb and developmental delays. Mia Buckner-Preston of DCSF comments, "Her experience, the care, the love she provides to the babies - it's immeasurable."
Focus on Clients-Not Case Numbers-Wins KPIX Jefferson Award for ACSSA Assistant Director & Staff
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Andrea Ford, Assistant Agency Director for the Alameda County Social Services Agency – Workforce and Benefits Administration (WBA), received KPIX Channel 5's Jefferson Award on June 30, 2021 for her work to address the human needs of clients beyond documents and case numbers. She noted that in more than 30 years with the Alameda County Social Services Agency (ACSSA), including ten years at the helm of WBA, she and her dedicated colleagues and staff “have made a top priority of overcoming misconceptions and stereotypes about the Agency, and humanizing our role beyond simply issuing benefits.”
It was this spirit that moved Ms. Ford and WBA staff to create the Agency’s annual “A Purse of Her Own…” Mother’s Day event six years ago. The following year, they added “A Father Is…” Father’s Day event. Both quickly became annual traditions, mobilizing staff from ACSSA and other County departments to donate purses, toiletries, clothing, and other necessities, and to create meaningful celebrations at ACSSA sites for mothers and fathers to mark the national holidays in their honor. This year alone, both events served 700 people. One dad who attended the Father’s Day event with two of his children told KPIX, “When they help out in those little ways it’s great, because you know there’s some kind of hope out there.”
Feeling inspired? Join Andrea Ford and the dedicated staff from WBA and other County departments in celebrating the parents of our community. Anyone interested in contributing to the Mother’s Day “A Purse of Her Own” event or the Father’s Day “A Father Is… ” event can contact Alameda County Social Services Public Affairs Director Sylvia Soublet at email@example.com.
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