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AB-1565 California Emergency Services Act: toll-free telephone hotlines.(2021-2022)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 8593.2 of the Government Code is amended to read:

 (a)  The Office of Emergency Services shall investigate the feasibility of establishing a toll-free 800 telephone hotline,  hotline or hotlines,  including TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) accessibility, which would be accessible to the public, including deaf, hard-of-hearing, and non-English-speaking persons, for use during nonemergency and emergency periods to respond to inquiries about emergency preparedness and disaster status.
(b) In investigating the feasibility of establishing a toll-free 800 telephone hotline or hotlines pursuant to subdivision (a), the office may consider the lessons learned and best practices of local governments and other states that established toll-free telephone hotlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and other major disasters.
SEC. 2.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the California Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order to ensure all measures are being taken to preserve public health and safety and assist vulnerable populations impacted by the ongoing pandemic and threat of catastrophic wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and other hazards as soon as possible, it is necessary that this act go into effect immediately.