Amended in Assembly May 1, 2013

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 Section 8570.3 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

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 would require the office, on or before July 31, 2015, to update the State Emergency Plan to include proposed best practices for local governments and nongovernmental entities to use to mobilize and evacuatebegin delete senior citizens and disabled personsend deletebegin insert people with disabilities and others with access and functional needsend insert 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:

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SECTION 1.  

The Legislature finds and declares all of the
2following:

P2    1(a) Too little of the State Emergency Plan is dedicated to senior
2citizens and the functional needs of disabled persons.

3(b) The State Emergency Plan was updated in 2009 and is
4planned to be updated again in 2014.

5(c) The California Senior Legislature memorialized its request
6to the Legislature and the Governor to enact legislation to ensure
7that senior citizens and disabled persons are prepared to be
8mobilized and evacuated in the event of an emergency or natural
9disaster.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 8570.3 is added to the Government Code, to
11read:

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8570.3.  

On or before July 31, 2015, the Office of Emergency
13Services shall update the State Emergency Plan to include proposed
14best practices for local governments and nongovernmental entities
15to use to mobilize and evacuatebegin delete senior citizens and disabled personsend delete
16begin insert people with disabilities and others with access and functional
17needsend insert
during an emergency or natural disaster.



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