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On August 9, 2019, Governor Brown signed House Bill 2206 which directs the state fire marshal to develop and administer a statewide program to evaluate the condition of buildings after an emergency and determine whether the buildings may be safely occupied. The approved measure directs the state fire marshal to implement a statewide registry of local program coordinators, certified building evaluators, and approved trainers to conduct such safety assessments. The bill allows local governments to enter into agreements with private contractors to conduct building occupancy safety inspections following an emergency. Lastly, HB 2206 grants the state fire marshal rulemaking authority to administer and implement provisions of the measure.
Since the bill was signed, OSFM staff researched program guidelines and learned about successes achieved in programs established in neighboring states California and Washington. To ensure alignment with federal recommendations, staff reviewed the recently-released Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance: Report on the Current State of Practice, including Recommendations Related to Structural and Nonstructural Safety and Habitability.
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