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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING
          AB 918 (Cooley)
          As Amended  May 1, 2013
          Majority vote 

           GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION 16-1  APPROPRIATIONS      16-0        
           
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          |Ayes:|Hall, Nestande, Bigelow,  |Ayes:|Gatto, Harkey, Bigelow,   |
          |     |Chesbro, Cooley, Gray,    |     |Bocanegra, Bradford, Ian  |
          |     |Hagman,                   |     |Calderon, Campos, Eggman, |
          |     |Roger Hernández,          |     |Gomez, Hall, Ammiano,     |
          |     |Jones-Sawyer, Levine,     |     |Linder, Pan, Quirk,       |
          |     |Medina, Perea,            |     |Wagner, Weber             |
          |     |V. Manuel Pérez, Salas,   |     |                          |
          |     |Torres, Waldron           |     |                          |
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          |Nays:|Jones                     |     |                          |
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           SUMMARY  :  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 people  
          with disabilities and others with access and functional needs  
          during an emergency or natural disaster.

           EXISTING LAW  : 

          1)Establishes the OES by the Governor's Reorganization Plan No.  
            2, operative July 1, 2013.

          2)Requires OES to perform a variety of duties with respect to  
            specified emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response  
            activities in the state, including emergency medical services.

          3)Specifies that the State Emergency Plan shall be in effect in  
            each political subdivision of the state, and the governing  
            body of each political subdivision shall take such action as  
            may be necessary to carry out the provisions thereof.

          4)Requires the Governor to coordinate the State Emergency Plan  
            and those programs necessary to mitigate the effects of an  








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            emergency. 

          5)Requires the Governor to coordinate the preparation of plans  
            and programs for the mitigation of the effects of an emergency  
            by the political subdivisions of the State of California, such  
            plans and programs to be integrated into and coordinated with  
            the State Emergency Plan and the plans and programs of the  
            federal government and of other states to the fullest possible  
            extent. 

          6)Specifies that the Governor may, in accordance with the State  
            Emergency Plan and programs for the mitigation of the effects  
            of an emergency in this state, as specified.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, the costs associated with this bill should be minor  
          and absorbable within existing resources.



           COMMENTS  :   

           Purpose of the bill  :  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 California State Emergency Plan is coordinated through the  
          California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA).  The Cal EMA  
          will become the OES, effective July 1, 2013.  The plan was last  
          updated in 2009; it is scheduled to be updated in 2014.   
          Currently, little of the plan is dedicated to senior citizens  
          and functional needs persons. 

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

           State Emergency Plan  :  The State of California Emergency Plan  
          addresses the state's response to extraordinary emergency  








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          situations associated with natural disasters or human-caused  
          emergencies.  In accordance with the California Emergency  
          Services Act, the plan describes the methods for carrying out  
          emergency operations, the process for rendering mutual aid, the  
          emergency services of governmental agencies, how resources are  
          mobilized, how the public will be informed and the process to  
          ensure continuity of government during an emergency or disaster.

          The plan is a management document intended to be read and  
          understood before an emergency occurs.  It is designed to  
          outline the activities of all California jurisdictions within a  
          statewide emergency management system and it embraces the  
          capabilities and resources in the broader emergency management  
          community that includes individuals, businesses,  
          non-governmental organizations, tribal governments, other  
          states, federal government and international assistance. 

           Arguments in support  :  According to the sponsor, the California  
          Senior Legislature, this bill would direct OES to include, in  
          their updated State Emergency Plan, language related to best  
          practice procedures regarding emergency and evacuation  
          procedures for possible use by local governmental and  
          non-governmental entities specific to senior citizens and  
          functional needs persons.  Supporters also claim this bill will  
          help to protect vulnerable groups during an emergency or  
          disaster. 

           
          Analysis Prepared by  :    Felipe Lopez / G. O. / (916) 319-2531


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