With historic investments in emergency preparedness and response in the 2019-20 budget, the 2020-21 State Budget proposal largely builds off the previous investments, with modest new investments and ongoing funding.
- $16.7 million to repair, restore, or replace public real property damaged or destroyed by a disaster, and to reimburse local government costs associated with certain activities undertaken in response to a state of emergency.
- $9 million for California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), CAL FIRE, California Military Department, and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to implement SB 209 (Dodd, Chapter 405, Statutes of 2019) to develop a Wildfire Forecast and Threat Intelligence Integration Center to derive data and intelligence from multiple sources to build accurate, comprehensive, and timely weather impact information.
- $110.1 million to implement AB 38 (Wood, Chapter 391, Statutes of 2019), which directs Cal OES and CAL FIRE to develop a joint powers authority to administer a $100 million home hardening pilot program.
- $8.2 million to CAL FIRE from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to support defensible space inspections.
- $9.4 million to enhance Cal OES’ ability to anticipate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
- $16.7 million to increase the amount of funding available through the California Disaster Assistance Act (CDAA), which is used to repair, restore, or replace public real property damaged or destroyed by a disaster, and to reimburse local government costs associated with certain activities undertaken in response to a state of emergency.
- The $16.7 million would augment existing CDAA funds to increase the total CDAA funding included in the budget to $79.3 million total.
- $50 million to Cal OES to support additional preparedness measures that bolster community resiliency, particularly during utility-initiated power shutdown events. This proposal would support a matching grant program to help local governments prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the impacts of power outages.
- $17.3 million from a General Fund loan for the California Earthquake Safety Fund for the operation and maintenance of the California Earthquake Early Warning System.