SANTA BARBARA Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, to ensure counties address the diverse cultural, linguistic and other differences of residents in their emergency preparations, Ms. Jackson’s office announced Wednesday.
Senate Bill 160 directs counties to integrate interpreters and translators in emergency communications, incorporate qualified representatives from community groups during the planning process, and use culturally appropriate resources when preparing community members for emergencies or disasters, according to a press release.
“I am very pleased that the Governor of our very diverse state recognizes that emergency planning cannot be a ‘one size fits all’ approach,” Ms. Jackson said in a statement. “To effectively plan and communicate during a disaster, communities must have a very thorough understanding of their residents, partner with them and take into account linguistic, cultural, socio-economic and other relevant differences so we can ensure the best communication and the safety of all Californians.”
SB 160 takes effect Jan. 1.