Disaster Response Services
for Deaf Residents in
Bay Area and North Coastal of California

You can take steps now to help you prepare for an disaster and cope if a public health emergency,
such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreaks happens.
Case Management Service

One-on-one assistance and system advocacy to ensure equal access and opportunity to education, employment and public services.

Interpreting Services

Sign Language interpreters for deaf people in all kinds of environment to be able to communicate with everybody.

Alert Services

Get local alerts when you need them.

Disaster Response Team

Our team provide 24-hour immediate support and assistance to individuals and families who have been impacted by any disasters. 

Click on the area you live in to view additional information on emergency services.


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Wildfire Response Resources

For the most recent list for shelters, food banks, fire incidents, air quality and more:

Go online: https://www.response.ca.gov/

Wildfire Response Resources

View interactive wildfire maps below:

Go to: https://fire.ca.gov/incidents/

Recent DCARA DRS Facebook Posts

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14 hours ago

DCARA - Breaking News

News Flash: 2021-03-03 REOPENING UPDATES

[VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Byung, a Korean American man wearing the charcoal shirt with DCARA logo on the left chest in front of a black background and sitting on a chair. ]


Hi, today is Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on March 2, 2021, that some counties in California will move down to the red tier and reopen certain activities and businesses. This change also affects schools as many schools may reopen by the end of this month.

Reopening Updates

Each county continues to use the four-tier, color-coded classification system that will determine which business can reopen or not.

MORE INFO ON TIERS & REOPENING: covid19.ca.gov/safer-economy/

The majority of California is still under the Purple Tier “Widespread”. Many non-essential indoor business operations are still closed. However, some essential businesses such as restaurants can open indoors only with modifications.

Here are some reopening updates of other counties in the Bay Area:

Counties now in Red Tier: San Francisco, Santa Clara, Napa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Marin, and San Mateo

You can look for more information on which county and what kind of business or activity is or isn’t allowed to reopen at the link in the transcript. I will share a few examples.

Dining out/Restaurants: For example, outdoor dining rules are loosened. In San Francisco, groups can be up to six people from three households. Indoor dining is more limited: four people maximum, all must be from the same household.

Personal Care Services: Facials, Body waxing, Electrolysis, Tattooing and piercing, Nail Salons, and Skin Care Services are now permitted with modifications. For example, if you need facials done, you can remove your mask while receiving service.

Movie Theaters: The numbers of seats available for guests are reduced to meet the lower capacity requirement and the seats next to you or your group are automatically reserved to prevent anyone seating next to you.

The gap in the showtimes between movies is longer to prevent overcrowding. Purchase your tickets online. If you still prefer to purchase movie tickets at the theater, be sure to use contactless payments.

Cultural Ceremonies: Weddings and Funerals or memorial services that took place indoors are permitted, with modifications. Outdoor ceremonies are strongly encouraged and preferred for safer options. These ceremonies are required to have fewer guests (25% capacity max) and limited to up to three households. Indoor receptions with food and beverages should not be allowed. Consider alternatives such as offering guests online participation via zoom, google meet, or other virtual platforms.

Anyone who is at high risk or is experiencing symptoms, should not participate in any activity or go out. Large gatherings are not still permitted.

Keep in mind that even though these new changes are in place, it is still recommended you stay at home as much as possible, social distance, wash hands/sanitize often, and continue to wear face coverings. Even if you already have received vaccinations, you still have to abide by these precautions.

We encourage you to check with certain businesses and services before you head out of the door. Stay safe.



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[VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Nathan Johnston, white male with dark grey shirt with DCARA logo on left chest in front of dark navy wall.]



Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on February 10th, 2021 about a new recommendation to wear double masks.

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.

Two important ways to make sure your mask works the best it can]

Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Any gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask.

Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.

Choose a mask with a Nose Wire
A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the mask
Nose wires prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.
Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face.

Use a Mask Fitter or Brace
Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask.

Check that it Fits Snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin
Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask.
Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask.
If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.

Add Layers of Material
2 ways to layer
Use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric.
Wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.
The second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face.
Make sure you can see and breathe easily

Knot and Tuck ear loops of a 3-ply mask
Knot the ear loops of a 3-ply face mask where they join the edge of the mask
Fold and tuck the unneeded material under the edges
Video instructions: youtu.be/UANi8Cc71A0

DON’T: Combine two disposable masks
Disposable masks are not designed to fit tightly and wearing more than one will not improve fit.

DON’T: Combine a KN95 mask with any other mask
Only use one KN95 mask at a time.

Be safe.


Source: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/effective-masks.html
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2 weeks ago

DCARA - Breaking News


[VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Amy Gomme, a Latinx woman, wearing a dark green buttoned up shirt with her hair in braids signing in front of a gray backdrop.]



Once the observation period (15-30 minutes) has passed, you will be directed to the exit.

You will see a lot of orange cones, that will be a way to see the traffic direction.

If you drove in, please follow traffic directions given by staff.

If you walked in, please follow the directions given by the staff.



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2 weeks ago

DCARA - Breaking News


[VISUAL DESCRIPTION: Amy Gomme, a Latinx woman, wearing a dark green buttoned up shirt with her hair in braids signing in front of a gray backdrop.]



After you have gotten your vaccination dose, a staff member will give you a COVID Vaccination Record Card.


You will be directed to an observation area. If you are driving through, you will park and stay in the vehicle. If you walked in, you will be directed to a sitting area for a 15 - 30 minute observation monitoring period.


This is to make sure that you don’t have any side effect reaction to the vaccine.

A staff member will provide additional instructions for your safety. Please listen carefully and follow all instructions.

Please keep this for your records. It will be required to show a record card for your second dose vaccination to ensure you get the same vaccine type.



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