Amended in Assembly April 17, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 918

Introduced by Assembly Member Cooley

February 22, 2013

An act to add Sectionbegin delete 8588.17end deletebegin insert 8570.3end insert to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


AB 918, as amended, Cooley. Emergency services: preparedness.

The California Emergency Services Act sets forth the duties of the Office of Emergency Services with respect to specified emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response activities within the state.

This bill wouldbegin delete authorizeend deletebegin insert requireend insert the officebegin insert, on or before July 31, 2015,end insert tobegin delete prepare, in voluntary cooperation with specific local governmental and nongovernmental entities, a specialized planend deletebegin insert update the State Emergency Plan to include proposed best practices for local governments and nongovernmental entities to useend insert to mobilizebegin insert and evacuateend insert senior citizens and disabled persons during an emergency or natural disaster.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

P1    1begin insert

begin insertSECTION 1.end insert  

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begin insertThe Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:end insert

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3(a) Too little of the State Emergency Plan is dedicated to senior
4citizens and the functional needs of disabled persons.

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P2    1(b) The State Emergency Plan was updated in 2009 and is
2planned to be updated again in 2014.

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3(c) The California Senior Legislature memorialized its request
4to the Legislature and the Governor to enact legislation to ensure
5that senior citizens and disabled persons are prepared to be
6mobilized and evacuated in the event of an emergency or natural

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8begin insert

begin insertSEC. 2.end insert  

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begin insertSection 8570.3 is added to the end insertbegin insertGovernment Codeend insertbegin insert, to
9read:end insert

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begin insert8570.3.end insert  

On or before July 31, 2015, the Office of Emergency
11Services shall update the State Emergency Plan to include
12proposed best practices for local governments and
13nongovernmental entities to use to mobilize and evacuate senior
14citizens and disabled persons during an emergency or natural

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Section 8588.17 is added to the Government
, to read:



The Office of Emergency Services is authorized to
19prepare a specialized plan to mobilize senior citizens and disabled
20persons during an emergency or natural disaster in cooperation
21with local governmental and nongovernmental entities that provide
22transportation services to senior citizens and disabled persons and
23that volunteer to participate in the preparation of the plan.

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