California to Merge Emergency Services and Homeland Security

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California's AB 38, signed by the Governor in September, established the California Emergency Management Agency as a Cabinet-level entity responsible for emergency management and homeland security operations. A deadline to name the secretary of the combined agencies is the first of the year.

"The merger demonstrates the Governor's ongoing commitment to an all-hazards preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation approach," Henry Renteria, director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services said in a statement.