Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center will continue to operate during the “Safer at Home” order in place for Los Angeles County.  The ELARC office buildings will be closed to the public beginning Friday, March 20, 2020. Our main number is (626) 299-4700. The best way to reach your Service Coordinator is by email or phone, view the staff phone list here.  We want you to stay safe and be well. Additional information is available at ELARC/COVID-19.

Emergency Preparedness

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Governor Newsom Declares State of Emergency to Help State Prepare for Broader Spread of COVID-19

As part of the state’s response to address the global COVID-19 outbreak, on March 4th, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency to make additional resources available, formalize emergency actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, and help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19. The proclamation comes as the number of positive California cases rises and following one official COVID-19 death.

Read the entire press release from Governor Newsom where you will find additional links/resources.

For the latest on the state’s COVID-19 preparedness and response, visit

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State of Emergency: LA County/LA City Civil Unrest: On May 30, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency for Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles, as a result of the civil unrest following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. On June 1, 2020, Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC) received the attached State of Emergency (SOE) notification from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).  As a result, DDS is authorizing, pursuant to Title 17, California Code of Regulations section 54326(a)(11), Regional Centers to pay vendors of nonresidential services for absences that are the direct result of the civil unrest in Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles.  Read the full correspondence here.

Read State of Emergency Notice.

Governor Newsom Launches Resource Website for Californians Impacted by Wildfires and Power Shutoffs: The website, RESPONSE.CA.GOV, combines emergency response, recovery and resilience information into a single place for easy access by users. It is a one-stop portal that includes local and state resources, health services, shelters and housing, preparedness information, and more.  

Read the entire press release from Governor Newsom where you will find additional links/resources. 


The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will administer the Community Development Block Grant Program - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a result of the October and December 2017 disasters. 
HCD works with local governments and organizations to fund programs that provide long-term recovery assistance for housing, infrastructure, and economic revitalization. 
HCD will host five meetings across California:
  • October 2, 2018 - Santa Rosa
  • October 3, 2018 - Redwood Valley
  • October 4, 2018 - Marysville
  • October 9, 2018 - Sylmar
  • October 11, 2018 - Ventura
At each meeting they will discuss proposed recovery programs, eligibility for the programs, and the timeline for funding.
Public Comments can be submitted to:
For more information, please visit their website.


Cooling Centers.  Beat the Heat! Cooling Centers provide relief and comfort in a cool, safe, air conditioned facility. Cooling Centers are open to the public during regular business hours.  Some Cooling Centers during an Alert will extend their hours and open on weekends. It is advisable to call ahead to confirm hours of operation.  Cooling Centers are activated when official Heat Alerts are issued by Department of Public Health.  A Heat Alert is triggered when the forecast is 95 to 104 degrees for at least two consecutive days. View the list of cooling centers and tips to stay healthy when temperatures rise.    

Shelters:  After any disaster you can text SHELTER + your ZIP CODE to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter. Please note that shelters are not activated unless there is a disaster, so this only works after a true emergency/disaster event.  

State OAFN Library of Emergency Resources  In 2008 the state established the Office of Access and Functional Needs (OAFN) within the Governor's Office of Emergency Services to identify the needs of individuals with disabilities and others with access and functional needs before, during and after disasters and to integrate them into the State's emergency management systems.  In September 2016, the California legislature passed and the Governor signed AB 2311 which requires counties and cities to further integrate access and functional needs components into their respective emergency plans. They are required to include emergency communication, emergency evacuation and sheltering.  In addition the OAFN created a library to make it easy for people to access information on best-practices, guidance documents and other resources. To learn more about the OAFN Library visit here.



EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLANS DUE    Post Date: June 22, 2017:  All Service Providers will be receiving a letter with  an  "Agency Emergency Plan template" in the mail from ELARC. Please submit your draft Agency Emergency Plan to your assigned ELARC Community Services Specialist by  August 1, 2017. Please insure that your agency has also provided updated emergency contact information to your Community Services Specialist  including an email address.  ELARC has communicated with providers in the past regarding heat alerts, regional earthquakes, and other emergency issues.    It is important that ELARC be able to communicate with you on preparedness issues and essential that we be able to reach your agency in the event of a disaster.   As a Service Provider you play a crucial role in our planning together for preparedeness, response, and recovery.  ELARC looks forward to sharing more information and working together to insure we all have a plan in the event of an emergency.  View the Agency Emergency Plan template.    View the letter from ELARC.

STATES OF EMERGENCY: CLAIMS INFORMATION (updated 3/12/2020): If your delivery of services was impacted due to an event that has been declared to be an Emergency by the Governor,  you may be eligible for reimbursement.  Listed below are Department of Developmental Services (DDS) memos regarding recent Emergency Declarations.

For further information  and to obtain a claim form about any of the listed declared states of emergency, please contact Elisa Salazar at


ELARC Emergency Operations Plan

To better serve our community, Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center (ELARC) will manage agency operations and minimize disruption of services to the individuals we serve in the event of an emergency. ELARC will maintain and update an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP.) We encourage personal preparedness for the individuals we serve, their loved ones, those who provide services to them, as well as for our staff.  ELARC will incorporate and coordinate all the facilities and personnel of ELARC, available resources of the State of California Department of Developmental Services and other partners into an efficient organization capable of responding effectively to any emergency. View the ELARC Emergency Operations Plan.   View Annex G, Annex H, and Annex I of the EOP. 


All Service Providers: Begin thinking about an emergency preparedness plan for your organization that will compliment the DDS and Regional Center plans

Transportation Service Providers: Please view the Department of Transportation Emergency Preparedness and Individuals with Disabilities information and consider how to integrate this into your agency emergency preparedness plan.

Emergency Responders: Click here to view the Los Angeles County Regional Centers Points of Contact for Emergency Responders brochure.

Emergency Preparedness for Caregivers to Children

The California Child Care Disaster Plan is an Annex to the State of California Emergency Plan. It provides guidance for communication and coordination of key state agencies in the event of a disaster that affects the child care infrastructure. How to Plan for Emergencies and Disasters is a step-by-step guide with resources and information to support child care providers, children in their care, and their families before, during, and after a disaster or emergency. The Emergency Plan Library is a collection of forms, checklists, handouts, and other disaster planning tools. These materials can be downloaded for free and are available in English and Spanish.   Click here for all the information.

RESOURCES is your one-stop website for preparedness information, resources, and more. View the website.

Feeling Safe Being Safe: Check out the plain language preparedness curriculum and resources on the California State Department of Developmental Services (DDS) website. View the Feeling Safe/Being Safe page on the DDS website. 

Safety Net: Get up to date information on a variety of health and safety topics, including preparedness, cold and hot weather tips, and other valuable facts at the DDS Safety Net. View the DDS Safety Net page

211 Disaster Preparedness & Response: 211 partners directly with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management to be the primary provider of disaster preparedness and response information services to the community before, during, and after disasters. View the 211 Disaster Preparedness & Response webpage.   

Los Angeles County Special Needs Awareness Planning (SNAP): If you have a disability, or support someone who does, you may want to consider enrolling in SNAP. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate the planning and implementation of disaster response by first-responder agencies to special needs individuals living in the County of Los Angeles. View the SNAP page on the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management website. 

ALERT LA: Sign up for ALERT LA for reverse notification emergency and disaster information to your cell phone. View the Alert LA website.

NIXLE: Sign up for NIXLE for messages regarding alerts in your LA County neighborhood, just text your zip code to 888777.  You can enter more than one zip code if you like. View the NIXLE website for more information.

Edison Power Outage Center: The Edison Outage Center webpage is where you can learn about outages and how you can be prepared and stay safe.  You can sign up for outage alerts too. View the Edison Outage Center page

ENLA: Vendors! Consider Joining the Emergency Network of Los Angeles (ENLA)! ENLA is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, along with government and private-sector partners. ENLA serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation — to help disaster survivors and their communities. View the ENLA website.

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