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Governor, Legislative Leaders to Partner on Climate Resiliency, Disaster Policy

March 15, 2 018

In an effort to make California more resilient against natural disasters and climate change, Governor Brown joined with Senate Leader Kevin DeLeon, Speaker Anthony Rendon, Senate Republican Leader Pat Bates, and Assembly Republican Leader Brian Dahle and incoming Senate Leader Toni Atkins this week to announce a bipartisan partnership to address these issues.

Specific efforts will include working on proposed resiliency and disaster legislation with the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management and other standing committees to:

  • Modernize vegetation and forest management practices for fire prevention and carbon sequestration;
  • Ensure utility and public infrastructure is designed, constructed and operated to maximize resiliency to extreme weather events and natural disasters;
  • Enhance the emergency response system, including consideration of mutual aid resources, telecommunications, 911 systems, and community needs, particularly in low-income and vulnerable rural and urban communities;
  • Examine the availability of insurance products in high wildfire areas in light of increased risks from climate change, and;
  • Update liability rules and regulations for utility services in light of changing climate and the increased severity and frequency of weather events.

For more about specific legislation related to resiliency and disasters, please click here.

CSAC is also committed to the goals laid out by the Governor and legislative leaders and will work diligently to help develop proposals in these areas to create effective tools for local government to reduce risks and enhance the resiliency of communities and infrastructure.

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