Jackson to Conduct the Second Hearing Tomorrow in a Two-Part Series On Responding To and Recovering From California’s Next Mega-Quake

August 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO - Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management, will hold an informational hearing tomorrow titled: “California’s Next Mega-Quake: Assessing the State’s Preparedness and Response Strategy,” in the State Capitol, Room 3191, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The hearing is the second in a two-part series on mega-quakes – infrequent, large-magnitude earthquakes – and will address state, regional, and local efforts to respond, recover and rebuild from a mega-quake.

In the next thirty years, it is expected that California will experience a mega-quake. With a majority of California’s population living within a 20 mile radius of active earthquake faults, a major earthquake could strike at any moment, threatening the public health and safety of Californians as well as its infrastructure and economy.  

“When an earthquake strikes, we need to be prepared to act quickly. We need to take every step to quickly and effectively respond and use our available resources to  help rebuild our cities, communities and businesses as promptly as we can. We need to have a plan to bring order out of the likely chaos,” said Jackson.

A panel of experts from across California, including the Director of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Mark Ghilarducci will convene to discuss California’s response and recovery plan. This discussion will also highlight what state and regional strategies are in place to address a mega-quake disaster and how to rebuild the state’s important infrastructure, including homes and businesses with the help of local nonprofits like the Red Cross,  the private sector and tribal communities. There will also be a period for public comment at the conclusion of the panel discussions.   

The hearing will be televised on the California Channel. A detailed agenda and panel speakers can be found here.

The first hearing was held on July 18 and focused on the geological risk of a potential mega-quake and steps the state can take to lessen the impacts of a major earthquake.

The Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management is a 14-member permanent committee of both houses with the leadership of the committee rotating every two-year session between the Assembly and the Senate. The Joint Committee was originally established in 2004 by former Senator Christine Kehoe, following a key recommendation of the Governor’s 2004 Blue Ribbon Fire Commission, and has been in continuous existence since then. It was reauthorized and made a permanent joint committee by Assembly Concurrent Resolution 38 in 2011.

Jackson represents the 19th Senate District, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County.