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AB-536 Office of Emergency Services: mutual aid gap analysis.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/10/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 536


Introduced by Assembly Member Rodriguez

February 10, 2021


An act to add Section 8589.5.5 to the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 536, as introduced, Rodriguez. Office of Emergency Services: mutual aid gap analysis.
Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, creates, within the office of the Governor, the Office of Emergency Services, which is responsible for addressing natural, technological, or man-made disasters and emergencies, including responsibility for activities necessary to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of emergencies and disasters to people and property.
This bill would require the office to prepare a gap analysis of the state’s mutual aid systems on a biennial basis, beginning on January 1, 2022. The bill would require the gap analysis to be prepared as specified and would require the gap analysis to be provided to specified committees of the Legislature no later than February 1, 2022, and by February 1 thereafter on a biennial basis.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 8589.5.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

8589.5.5.
 (a) The office shall prepare a gap analysis of the state’s mutual aid systems on a biennial basis, beginning on January 1, 2022.
(b) (1) The gap analysis shall be based, among other things, on the firefighting, law enforcement, emergency medical services, mass care, shelter, and hospital surge capacity required to respond to two simultaneous, major disasters occurring in California.
(2) At a minimum, the gap analysis shall do all of the following:
(A) Use a disaster scenario of two simultaneous major incidents, such as a major earthquake in an urban area and a wildfire siege that would result in thousands of evacuations.
(B) Estimate response requirements for the state to fully respond to the disaster events.
(C) Measure baseline preparedness of the emergency management resources and capabilities maintained at the state level, by local jurisdictions, mutual aid partners, nongovernmental resources, and private sector partners.
(D) Develop and implement strategies to reduce or eliminate response capability shortfalls.
(E) Establish target priority areas where improvements to resource levels and capabilities are most needed.
(F) Evaluate and apply lessons learned from local, state, national, and international disasters.
(c) The gap analysis shall be provided to the Senate Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Assembly Committee on Budget, Assembly Committee on Emergency Management, and the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization no later than February 1, 2022, and by February 1 thereafter on a biennial basis.