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

As Amends the Law Today


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

 (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.