Governor signs Senator Dodd’s Disaster Preparedness Bill – Daily Democrat


As wildfires threaten new rounds of power outages to public safety statewide, Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation from Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to help local governments pay the cost operation of emergency operations centers during planned outages.

“We need to make sure our communities have adequate resources to respond to power outages while we ensure utilities improve their grid,” said Senator Dodd. “Obviously, the threat of wildfires is not going away and utility companies will continue to use this preventative measure. Signing this bill takes some of the financial pressure off the local government and allows us to keep the public safe. “

Senate Bill 52 follows a series of PG&E shutdowns over the past two years that were aimed at preventing downed power lines and damaged equipment from starting fires. It says such public safety power cuts are eligible for official emergency declarations, freeing up financial assistance for local government under the Emergency Services Act.

The bill won bipartisan support in the Assembly and the Senate before being signed by Governor Newsom on Wednesday.

“Utilities may need to shut off power to prevent wildfires, but the disruption to people’s lives and the cost to local government cannot be ignored,” Napa County Supervisor Diane said. Dillon. “This is why we sponsored this bill, which will make it clear that power outages are a local emergency. I thank Senator Dodd for his leadership in securing the governor’s signature.


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