The term "disaster service worker" includes all public employees and all volunteers in any disaster council or emergency organization accredited by the California Emergency Council. The term "public employees" includes all persons employed by the state or any county, city, city and county, state agency or public district, excluding aliens legally employed. (CA Government Code §3101). Staff Development and Wellness Benefit includes emergency preparedness equipment as an allowable reimbursable expense. As County employees are required to serve as Disaster Service Workers expansion of this benefit to include designated emergency preparedness supplies supports the County’s mission to encourage County employees and their families to be better prepared for an emergency or disaster. This preparation enhances the County’s ability to provide continuity of County services to the community during an emergency or disaster.