SAN JOSE, Calif. (June 28, 2019) – On June 27, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the 2019- 2020 California state budget that included $5.5 Million in Emergency Preparedness funding for the City of San José. The budget allocation was championed by Assemblymember Kansen Chu, D-San José with sign-on support from Senator Jim Beall, D-San José and Assemblymembers Ash Kalra, D-San José, and Evan Low, D-Campbell.
The City of San José, with more than one million residents, is surrounded by seismic fault lines and rivers prone to flooding. Disasters, whether natural or man-made, can devastate a city, and San José and local city governments rely on additional funding to help prepare, mitigate, and respond to disasters.
In 2017, San José experienced a major flood when Coyote Creek flooded parts of the city for the second time in 20 years. The number and severity of disasters have increased in recent years, and unfortunately local government resources dedicated to emergency preparedness have not increased. The funds will help with this critical need to support emergency management, preparedness, and resilience efforts at the local level.
“We need to be prepared for natural or man-made disasters at the local and state level because the next one could happen at any time,” said Assemblymember Kansen Chu (DSan José). “This is a reality that we cannot avoid. By providing the City of San José with Emergency Preparedness funds, there will be more lives saved and less damage when the next disaster strikes.”
The funds, along with local partnerships, will also help the City better respond to local disasters through building state-of-the art resources into the city’s new Emergency Operations Center. The resources would support planning, situational analysis, alert and warning capacity, and a coordinated response. This, in turn, will help keep the community safe, by saving lives and property.
“Thank you to Assemblymember Kansen Chu and our California state delegation for their tireless efforts to secure $5.5 million in critical funding for emergency preparedness in San Jose,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “This budget allocation will help San Jose meet its emergency management, preparedness, and resiliency goals by providing essential resources for our emergency operations center and fire training facility.”
“Thank you to California legislators and the leadership of Assemblymember Kansen Chu, for approving this important funding,” said City Manager David Sykes, “Our main goal is to keep our community safe. The funds are crucial in positioning the City of San José to be more effective in planning and preparing for future emergencies and disasters.”
Assemblymember Kansen Chu represents the 25th Assembly District, comprised of the cities of Fremont, Milpitas, Newark, Santa Clara and San José.About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.