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          Date of Hearing:  April 22, 2015


                   ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION


                                  Adam Gray, Chair


          AB 1346  
          (Gray) - As Introduced February 27, 2015


          SUBJECT:  State Emergency Plan


          SUMMARY:  Would require the Office of Emergency Services (Cal  
          OES) to update the State Emergency Plan (SEP) on or before  
          January 1, 2017, and every 5 years thereafter.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)  Establishes the Cal OES by the Governor's Reorganization  
          Plan No. 2, operative July 1, 2013.





          2)  Requires Cal OES to perform a variety of duties with respect  
          to specified emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response  
          activities in the state, including emergency medical services.













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          3)  Specifies that the SEP shall be in effect in each political  
          subdivision of the state, and the governing body of each  
          political subdivision shall take such action as may be necessary  
          to carry out the provisions thereof.





          4)  Requires the Governor to coordinate SEP and those programs  
          necessary to mitigate the effects of an emergency. 





          5)  Requires the Governor to coordinate the preparation of plans  
          and programs for the mitigation of the effects of an emergency  
          by the political subdivisions of the State of California, such  
          plans and programs to be integrated into and coordinated with  
          SEP and the plans and programs of the federal government and of  
          other states to the fullest possible extent.





          6)  Specifies that the Governor may, in accordance with SEP,  
          authorize programs for the mitigation of the effects of an  
          emergency, as specified.





          7)  Requires Cal OES to update SEP, on or before January 1,  
          2015, to include proposed best practices for local governments  
          and nongovernmental entities to use to mobilize and evacuate  
          people with disabilities and others with access and functional  








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          needs, during an emergency or natural disaster.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown


          COMMENTS:  


           Purpose of the bill  :  According to the author's office, this  
          bill will help to ensure that SEP reflects recent advances in  
          emergency management capabilities and changes in the Emergency  
          Services Act (Act).  The overall plan has not been updated since  
          2009; specific provisions of SEP were scheduled to be updated in  
          2014.  An updated SEP can take into consideration developments  
          in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities.   
          In addition, revision of this plan will reflect changes in the  
          structure and function of California governmental agencies. This  
          includes changes in roles, responsibilities, and the addition of  
          new departments.  Revisions to SEP would also reflect federal  
          government agency roles, which have changed and/or been  
          modified.


          The author's office states, California has long been a leader in  
          preparing for emergencies and disasters, both natural and  
          human-caused.  An updated SEP will further provide a framework  
          for the best possible management of emergencies and assistance  
          to all Californians when disaster strikes.


          Background:  





           Disaster Acts in California  :  The California Disaster Act was  
          enacted by the State Legislature in 1945.  The Act combined  








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          responsibility for planning and preparing for emergencies,  
          whether natural, technological and human-caused into a single  
          state agency.  The California Emergency Services Act was enacted  
          in 1970 to supersede the California Disaster Act.  The new Act  
          established the Governor's Office Emergency Services with a  
          Director reporting to the Governor.  The office was given  
          responsibility to coordinate statewide emergency preparedness,  
          post emergency recovery and mitigation efforts, and the  
          development, review, approval, and integration of emergency  
          plans.





           State Emergency Plan  : On June 23, 2009, Governor Arnold  
          Schwarzenegger promulgated the 2009 edition of the State of  
          California Emergency Plan.  The plan, in accordance with the  
          California Emergency Services Act addresses the state's response  
          to extraordinary emergency situations associated with natural  
          disasters or human-caused emergencies.  SEP is a management  
          document intended to be read and understood before an emergency  
          occurs.  In accordance with the Act, the plan describes the  
          methods for carrying out emergency operations, the process for  
          rendering mutual aid, the emergency services of governmental  
          agencies, how resources are mobilized, how the public will be  
          informed and the process to ensure continuity of government  
          during an emergency or disaster.





          It is designed to outline the activities of all California  
          jurisdictions within a statewide emergency management system and  
          it embraces the capabilities and resources in the broader  
          emergency management community that includes individuals,  
          businesses, non-governmental organizations, tribal governments,  
          other states, federal government and international assistance. 








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           Prior legislation  :  AB 918 (Cooley), Chapter 187, Statutes of  
          2013.  Required Cal OES, on or before July 31, 2015, to update  
          SEP to include 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  
          during an emergency or natural disaster.





          AB 2327 (Caballero), Chapter 361, Statutes of 2008.  Required  
          disaster-related services and assistance agencies to strive to  
          ensure that all victims receive the assistance they need and for  
          which they are eligible. It requires public employees to assist  
          evacuees and others in securing disaster-related assistance and  
          services without eliciting any information or document that is  
          not strictly necessary to determine eligibility under state and  
          federal laws. 





          AB 1421 (Levine), 2007-2008 Session.  Required OES to develop a  
          requirement for specified local agencies to develop a registry  
          for each California County of elderly and non-elderly disabled  
          so that those people could be notified and assisted in  
          evacuations. (Held in Assembly Appropriations) 













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          SB 1451 (Kehoe), Chapter 600, Statutes of 2006.  Required the  
          Director of OES to appoint representatives of the disabled  
          community to serve on State Emergency Management System  
          committees, ensure committee recommendations include the needs  
          of people with disabilities, produce a report containing  
          recommendations for evacuating the disabled, and work on  
          producing informational materials. 


          


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          California State Firefighters' Association




          Opposition


          None on file




          Analysis Prepared by:Eric Johnson / G.O. / (916) 319-2531













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