California set to be first state with extreme heat warning system under bills signed by Newsom
California will be the first state in the nation to use an extreme heat warning system under a bill Governor Jerry Brown signed Tuesday. It will be in place by 2017.
The bill, signed by Brown and now will be known as AB1666 will require each department in the California Department of Transportation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife to develop and implement a statewide extreme heat warning system.
AB1666 would require the California Department of Transportation to implement the system by 2014 and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2014.
And all agencies and departments would have to report the results of the systems to the California State Board of Education, the Governor and the legislature, and the reports of the systems would be made public, Brown said.
Under the bill, every department in the state department would have to create the extreme heat warning system.
“We want to help the public better understand what it’s like to be in an urban heat wave or an Extreme Heat Event and how best to get out of it,” said California Department of Transportation Secretary Joseph Castro.
He said as the state prepares for the worst heat in two decades, the extreme heat warning system will be a powerful tool to warn people, especially motorists who must drive in traffic.
“This is a big step toward protecting lives. I don’t think anyone would question that a system like this would be more effective than the current system,” Castro said.
And he said the system could save lives in the future.
Under President Bush’s federal Extreme Weather Protection Act passed in 2001, the federal government set the speed limit at the 50 mph speed limit for vehicles at extremely hot days to save lives and keep residents safe.
Under President Obama’s federal E-Code Emergency Communications system, motorists would have been alerted by radio and cell