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AB-871 Office of Emergency Services: disaster programs.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/07/2017 04:00 AM
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Revised  April 19, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 06, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 871


Introduced by Assembly Member Santiago
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bocanegra, Eduardo Garcia, Gipson, and Gloria)

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 8607.3 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 871, as amended, Santiago. Emergency services: appropriation. Office of Emergency Services: disaster programs.
Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services, in coordination with all interested state agencies with designated response roles in the State Emergency Plan and interested local emergency management agencies, to jointly establish by regulation a Standardized Emergency Management System for use by all emergency response agencies, as specified. Existing law requires all state agencies to use the Standardized Emergency Management System to coordinate multiple jurisdiction or multiple agency emergency and disaster operations. Existing law requires the Office of Emergency Services, in coordination with the Office of the State Fire Marshal, the Department of the California Highway Patrol, the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, the Emergency Medical Services Authority, and all other interested state agencies with designated response roles in the State Emergency Plan, to jointly develop an approved course of instruction for use in training all emergency response personnel, consisting of the concepts and procedures associated with the Standardized Emergency Management System.
This bill would appropriate $3,000,000 from the General Fund to the Office of Emergency Services to fund current disaster preparedness, resiliency, and response programs in vulnerable underserved neighborhoods and communities that may be subject to earthquake, fire, or other disaster. The bill would require the office to distribute the funds on or before June 31, 2018, to a qualified charitable organization, as defined, that provides a regional disaster preparedness, response, and resilience program to underserved neighborhoods and communities that meets specified criteria, including that it have, among other things, an educational component that aims to educate underserved neighborhoods and communities on the risks that make them more susceptible to disasters and emergencies, and have a focus on increasing reliance with a volunteer workforce to support disaster response.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8607.3 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8607.3.
 (a) The sum of three million dollars ($3,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Office of Emergency Services to fund current disaster preparedness, resiliency, and response programs in underserved neighborhoods and communities that may be subject to earthquake, fire, or other disaster.
(b) The Office of Emergency Services shall distribute the funds appropriated in subdivision (a) on or before June 31, 2018, to a qualified charitable organization that provides a regional disaster preparedness, response, and resilience program to underserved neighborhoods and communities. In order to be eligible to receive funding, a qualified charitable organization’s current disaster preparedness, resiliency, and response program shall, at minimum, meet all of the following criteria:
(1) Be focused on collaborating with community coalitions and partners to provide disaster preparedness education to threatened underserved neighborhoods and communities.
(2) Be able to promote disaster preparedness through both English and multilingual communities and media.
(3) Have an educational component that aims to educate underserved neighborhoods and communities on the risks that make them more susceptible to disasters and emergencies, and have a focus on increasing reliance with a volunteer workforce to support disaster response.
(4) Distribute disaster preparedness supplies that are essential to educate neighborhood residents on prevention and protection of their homes and neighborhoods from disasters and emergencies.
(5) Create communities of self-sufficiency by use of a base of diverse community volunteers trained in cultural competency which training may include, but not be limited to, targeted “disaster institutes.”
(6) Acquire supplies to respond to citizens with access and functional needs in disasters and emergencies.
(7) Provide transparency and define success by building resiliency, engaging community partners, including elected officials, increasing multilingual engagement and volunteer workforce capacity, and increasing response activity.
(c) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Resiliency” means the ability for communities to cope with stress, overcome adversity, and to return to the way things were before a disaster or emergency in a timely and safe manner. Resilient communities use their assets to meet basic human needs, no matter what the circumstances.
Resiliency is necessary for community functions that are adapting to hazard risks. Facilitation of hazard-focused community preparedness, risk management, and mitigation actions that reduce long-term vulnerabilities will take place to enable postdisaster community recovery and redevelopment.
(2) “Underserved neighborhoods and communities” means neighborhoods and communities that have an overall vulnerability because of socioeconomic status, housing composition, disability, minority status, language, transportation, food insecurity, or geological factors.
(3) “Qualified charitable organization” means an organization that is issued a charter by the United States Congress and is exempt from federal income tax as an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code with an ongoing commitment and history of providing preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters and emergencies.

SECTION 1.

The sum of three million dollars ($3,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Office of Emergency Services to fund current disaster preparedness, resiliency, and response programs in vulnerable communities that may be subject to earthquake, fire, or other disaster.

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