Levine Legislation to Establish Emergency Evacuation Locations Approved by California Legislature

For immediate release:

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Legislation by Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-Marin County) to require a local government’s General Plan to include emergency evacuation locations has been approved by the California State Legislature and is now awaiting action on the Governor’s Desk. AB 1409 (Levine) was approved by the State Senate on a bipartisan vote of 39 to 0 on Monday and approved by the State Assembly on a bipartisan vote of 77 to 0.

In 2019, AB 747 (Levine) was successfully chaptered into law to adequately address the need for sufficient evacuation routes during a full-scale emergency. Now, AB 1409 would ensure those that evacuate using these routes have a specified evacuation location.

California faces a daunting task in contending with prolonged wildfire seasons and natural disasters caused by climate change. This, coupled with increased development in the wildland-urban interface, necessitates communities to have detailed planning for when disaster strikes.

AB 1409 ensures that local governments plan evacuation locations for their residents so our communities are ready during a full-scale emergency. As California experiences another devastating wildfire season, community-planned evacuation locations will save lives.

“Natural disasters have long devastated California. With the effects of climate change leading to more severe wildfires, it is critical for local governments to have more concise plans for large-scale and swift evacuations,” said Assemblymember Levine. “AB 1409 will help save lives by requiring local governments to preemptively plan their evacuation locations under a range of emergency scenarios.”

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