Rancho Cordova- Assemblyman Ken Cooley’s effort to help strengthen California’s preparedness for natural disasters and catastrophic events moved forward today with bipartisan approval of AB 355 by the Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee. AB 355 will restore funding to the 2013-14 budget year to continue to maintain three mobile field hospitals in California, strategically placed throughout the state for rapid deployment.
“Scientists forecast California will almost certainly experience a devastating earthquake over the next 30 years,” said Assemblyman Cooley. “In a state of 37 million, the capacity these hospitals offer to establish 600 hospital beds in any area within 72 hours of a disaster occurring is a key part of preparedness. It is our responsibility to be ready for the inevitable.”