Governor Approves Bill - Early-warning System


Last updated 10/7/2016 at 11:48am

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a legislation to speed up the development of a statewide earthquake early warning.

“We’ve seen the devastation earthquakes have caused in California,” said Brown in a press release announcing his signing of the bill (Senate Bill 438). “This keeps us on track to build a statewide warning system that can potentially save lives.”

According to press releases earlier this year, Brown directed $10 million to Cal OES in the 2016-17 state budget, to further expand the state’s earthquake early warning system prototype, called ShakeAlert.

The new SB 438 bill, establishes the California Earthquake Early Warning Program and Advisory Board within the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services to advance implementing the program and spur further investment in the early warning system. Under the legislation, an Earthquake Early Warning Program business plan will be developed and submitted to the Legislature by Feb. 1, 2018.