BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    



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          Date of Hearing:   May 8, 2013

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                     AB 918 (Cooley) - As Amended:  May 1, 2013 

          Policy Committee:                              Governmental  
          Organization Vote:                            16 - 1 

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  

          This bill requires the Office of Emergency Services (OES), 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 evacuate senior  
          citizens and disabled persons during an emergency or natural  
          disaster.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          OES through their Office of Access and Functional Needs  
          Assessment works with other entities to ensure that the needs of  
          persons with disabilities and seniors are addressed during any  
          type of emergency. Therefore, costs associated with  
          incorporating that information into the State Emergency Plan  
          should be minor and absorbable within existing resources.

           COMMENTS  

           1)Rationale  . According to the author, many disabled persons and  
            seniors live alone or in circumstances that require special  
            planning because many are physically unable to help themselves  
            in the event of an emergency. The author argues that  
            currently, little of the California State Emergency Plan,  
            coordinated through the OES, is dedicated to senior citizens  
            and functional needs persons. 

            This bill is intended to increase local preparedness in the  
            event of an emergency or natural disaster by directing OES to  
            include in the State Emergency Plan best practice procedures  
            regarding emergency and evacuation procedures for senior  








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            citizens and functional needs persons.  These best practices  
            may be used by local governmental and nongovernmental entities  
            in order to prepare for an emergency or in the event of an  
            emergency.
          
          2)Related Legislation  . AB 2051 (Tran), 2010, would have  
            authorized the California Emergency Management Agency to  
            prepare, in voluntary cooperation with specific local  
            governmental and nongovernmental entities, a specialized plan  
            to mobilize senior citizens and disabled persons during an  
            emergency or natural disaster.  That bill was held on the  
            Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File.

            AB 1970 (Fong), 2010, would have required counties to assess  
            the needs of the elderly and disabled in emergency shelters  
            during a declared state of emergency and to provide and pay  
            In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) providers to work with  
            those individuals needing services. That bill was held on this  
            committee's Suspense File.

            SB 1451 (Kehoe), Chapter 600, Statutes of 2006, required the  
            Office of Emergency Services (OES) to ensure that members of  
            the disabled community are represented on all pertinent  
            emergency preparedness committees.


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Julie Salley-Gray / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081