STATEMENT: Lt. Governor Newsom on Earthquake Early Warning System

09-29-16

(Sacramento) - California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown's decision to sign SB 438 (Hill), which advances the development of a statewide earthquake early warning system in California.

"This technology is important to California's earthquake resilience and having led a major city that is particularly susceptible to experiencing earthquakes, I appreciate that every second is invaluable.

"I'm grateful to Senator Hill for building on Secretary Padilla's work, and applaud Governor Brown for both his decision today and in funding the early warning system's development in this year's budget.

"In the year ahead, I hope to see the state's dedication mirrored by the utilities, hospitals and other industries that stand to benefit from the system."

Background

SB 438 establishes the California Earthquake Early Warning Program and Advisory Board to advance the early warning system. The legislation builds on a $10 million appropriation in the 2016-17 state budget to expand ShakeAlert, the state's prototype earthquake early warning system. In 2013, Governor Brown signed SB 135 by current Secretary of State Alex Padilla, to explore a statewide earthquake warning system through public-private partnerships.

In his first year as Mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom updated that city's Emergency Operations Plans for the first time in nearly a decade, and added to the plan again in 2007. As Mayor, Newsom led a 10-county regional preparedness plan, the first of its kind in the U.S., and initiated citywide emergency training and notification, including 72Hours.org, outdoor warning systems, and AlertSF to increase the city's resilience. The city's electorate approved Newsom's bond proposals to rebuild and retrofit San Francisco General Hospital and upgrades to vulnerable water systems and firehouses.

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