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Planting the Seeds of Resilience: Listos California

Initiated in 2019, Listos California’s goal is to provide culturally competent materials to all Californians for disaster preparedness, including earthquakes, floods, and wildfires. Utilizing community-based organizations, Tribal governments, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Listos Califonia has engaged millions of Californians with low incomes, disabilities, language barriers, older adults, and other highly vulnerable populations with culturally and linguistically appropriate support through a grass-roots, people-centered approach.

Valley Vision has been a key partner to Listos since its inception. Serving as Listos California’s backbone organization, Valley Vision collaborates to coordinate the work of creative, strategic, and programmatic partners to create and distribute culturally appropriate educational resources to Listos California grantees and all California residents. Together, our goal is to empower vulnerable individuals and strengthen community resilience across the state in the face of disasters.

The Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communications (OCPSC), like Listos California, recognizes the role that community partners have in reaching at-risk communities to make them resilient in the face of uncertainty. On April 24 through April  26, 2024 in Sacramento, Listos California partnered with the Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communications (OCPSC) to jointly host the Rooted. Resilient. Ready. 2024 Statewide Community Partner Convening. 

The first-of-its-kind, three-day gathering brought together 600+ trusted CBO messengers from diverse regions of the state, facilitated the exchange of success stories, deepened connections, and shared access to emerging resources. 

This convening allowed trusted messengers to learn new ways to best communicate emergency resiliency messages to California’s community members most at risk to disasters. Through interactive workshops, participants had the opportunity to collaborate on innovative approaches on grassroots communication strategies and learn about new ways to meet people where they are using culturally competent information. 

Additionally, participants attended networking sessions to grow their networks of trusted messengers who share critical life-saving information before, during, and after disasters. Anyone who is passionate about informing their community of emergency readiness can become a messenger, including YOU.

Listos California has a suite of in-language resources in over 12 languages available for download and professional printing. Resource topics span over the variety of natural disasters Californians face, mental health awareness, population specific materials and more. Interested in learning simple steps you can take today to keep yourself, your loved ones and neighbors safe? Click here to find out more.