Sierra Sun Times: California State Senator Introduces Bill to Improve Emergency Alerts for Vulnerable Residents and Students

January 08, 2020

January 8, 2020 - SACRAMENTO – Following the California State Auditor’s December report, which found that some California counties, including Ventura County, did not adequately alert their most vulnerable residents during recent wildfires, Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced Senate Bill 794 on Tuesday to improve California’s emergency alert systems and better protect residents who face added challenges during an emergency. This includes those residents who are older, facing disabilities or limited English proficiency or lacking transportation or housing, among other challenges.

“The State Auditor’s report on California’s most deadly wildfires made clear that we must do more to help our most vulnerable residents in the event of a natural disaster. SB 794 will ensure more Californians are signed up for emergency alerts and help local governments identify those with access and functional needs so they can more effectively assist them when the next disaster strikes. Ensuring all residents have the information and assistance they need during an emergency is a matter of life or death,” said Senator Jackson.