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AB-2064 Emergency preparedness: access and functional needs.(2019-2020)



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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2064


Introduced by Assembly Member Patterson
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Lackey)(Coauthors: Assembly Members Fong, Lackey, and Mathis)
(Coauthors: Senators Chang and Wilk)

February 04, 2020


An act to amend Sections Section 8570.3 of the Government Code, relating to emergency planning.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2064, as amended, Patterson. Emergency preparedness: access and functional needs.
Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, among other things, requires the Office of Emergency Services to update the State Emergency Plan on or before January 1, 2019, and every 5 years thereafter. The act also requires 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 evacuate people with access and functional needs during emergency or natural disasters.
This bill would require the office, in the next update of the plan, to include the best practices provisions, described above. The bill would also require the office to develop and update annually, in coordination with organizations representing individuals with a variety of the access and functional needs, needs population, as defined, a guidance document for local governments regarding the lessons learned about based, in part, on a review of recent emergency and natural disaster preparedness.The incidents and what did or did not go well in the response efforts. The bill would also require the office to post the guidance document, ans and its annual update, on the office internet website. The bill would require the office to review the emergency plans of all local governments to determine if they are consistent with the proposed best practices provisions and, upon request by a local government, provide necessary technical assistance to that local government.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8570.3 of the Government Code is amended to read:

8570.3.
 (a) The Office of Emergency Services shall include in the next update of the State Emergency Plan 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 from the access and functional needs population during an emergency or natural disaster.
(b) (1) The Office of Emergency Services shall develop, in coordination with organizations representing individuals with a variety of access and functional needs, the access and functional needs population, a guidance document for local governments regarding the lessons learned about based, in part, on a review of recent emergency and natural disaster preparedness. incidents and what did or did not go well in the response efforts.
(2) On or before July 31, 2021, the Office of Emergency Services shall post on its internet website the guidance document described in paragraph (1) and shall annually update, and post on the office’s internet website, the guidance document by July 31 of each year, commencing in 2022.
(c) The Office of Emergency Services shall review the emergency plans of all local governments to determine if they are consistent with the proposed best practices developed pursuant to subdivision (a).
(d) The Office of Emergency Services shall, upon request by a local government, provide necessary technical assistance to that local government.
(e) For purposes of this section, the “access and functional needs population” consists of individuals who have developmental or intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, chronic conditions, injuries, limited English proficiency or who are non-English speaking, seniors, children, people living in institutionalized settings, or those who are low income, homeless, or transportation disadvantaged, including, but not limited to, those who are dependent on public transit or those who are pregnant.