ASSEMBLYWOMAN YOUNG KIM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2016
CONTACT: Bryan Shroyer, (916) 319-2065
Assemblywoman Young Kim Introduces Legislation to Help Californians Prepare for Natural Disasters and Emergencies
SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Young Kim (R-Fullerton) today announced that she has introduced a package of legislation that will provide more tools for Californians to respond to, and prepare for, natural disasters and emergencies.
“California too often is the epicenter of natural disasters and emergencies. A strong earthquake, El Niño, wildfires, or other emergencies could take place any time,” said Kim. “Preparing for the unexpected today could save your life, home, or business when the next disaster strikes.”
Among the bills she has proposed is Assembly Bill 1562, which would make disaster preparedness supplies more affordable through a sales tax holiday on the weekend of October 14-15, 2017. It would exempt supplies like flashlights, batteries, and first aid kits from the sales tax, modeling successful practices in other states.
“With many Californians unprepared for disasters, we need to encourage families to take their safety into their own hands,” said Kim. “I want to ensure that Orange County residents are able to stock up with critical supplies they may need for the next major disaster.”
Another bill, Assembly Bill 1656, would provide civil immunity to Good Samaritans who assist in emergencies to stop life-threatening blood loss through the use of a tourniquet. The state already extends similar civil immunity for the use of other life-saving interventions such as CPR and defibrillators. AB 1656 also complements the White House’s ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign, which aims to teach everyday citizens basic techniques in hemorrhage control.
Kim’s third bill in her disaster and emergency preparedness package, Assembly Bill 1827, would restore funding for the maintenance and upkeep of mobile field hospitals (MFH). The state purchased these in 2007 with the intent to expand hospital care capacity during a catastrophic event. Each MFH can provide a 200-bed facility equipped with an emergency room, operating rooms, and intensive care units, but they are currently unusable due to a lack of funding.
“I’m proud to introduce this legislative package to help families prepare for future disasters,” said Kim, “and I look forward to working with my colleagues to help keep Californians safe.”
Assemblywoman Young Kim represents the 65th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, La Palma, and Stanton.