Record-breaking heat waves have left local governments struggling to protect residents from life-threatening temperatures, particularly in working-class communities. Extreme heat causes more emergency room visits and deaths annually than any other weather-related disaster in the nation, making it one of the climate crisis’ deadliest consequences. Heat waves are projected to increase. The California Energy Commission anticipates that by 2050, the state will experience an average of 40 to 55 extreme heat days per year.
Assembly Bill 2076 would establish the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program, coordinating the activities of the state and incentivizing the development of local, comprehensive heat action plans to protect communities from the dangers of extreme heat.
This important legislation will vastly improve California’s ability to respond effectively and save lives during dangerous heat waves.
This bill was approved by the Assembly Health Committee on April 26 and referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Urge your state assemblymember to support the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program today using the form on this page.