Requires local disaster preparedness plans to include a public education component as part of disaster prevention, which shall be widely disseminated and shall take into consideration the linguistic and cultural characteristics of the inhabitants.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring local disaster preparedness plans to include a public education component as part of disaster prevention
PURPOSE: This bill would require that disaster preparedness plans include a public education component.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section One - Amends the Executive Law by adding a new subparagraph 3-a to subdivision 7 of § 23 to include a public education component that shall be widely disseminated as approved by the division of homeland security and emergency services pursuant to regulations promulgated by such division.
Section Two - This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become a law.
JUSTIFICATION: In order to effectively implement an evacuation plan, a vigorous and ongoing public education campaign is fundamental. The City of New York has conducted a study to scientifically measure the awareness level among city residents. The New York City Hurricane Evacuation Study, Behavioral Analysis Findings, showed just how uninformed the residents of New York are when it comes to a weather-related evacuation. Most residents are unaware how to behave during a hurricane or an evacuation. At least 75% of the residents surveyed by the City's own Hurricane Evacuation Study said they were not aware of the evacuation zones. More than 85% of all New Yorkers had never seen "Ready New York", the Office of Emergency Management's official public handbook for surviving disasters.
It is clear that the majority of City residents know little or nothing about the evacuation process, and that a systematic public education campaign is extremely needed. The public education component required would also consider non-English speaking populations, who need to be adequately educated about the plan as well.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2006: A.9163: Referred to Governmental Operations Committee 2008: S. 5590 -Passed Senate 2010: S. 3923 - Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs 2012: S. 5271 - Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2561 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 22, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. BALL -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Securi- ty and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to requiring local disas- ter preparedness plans to include a public education component as part of disaster prevention THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 7 of section 23 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subparagraph 3-a to read as follows: (3-A) A PUBLIC EDUCATION COMPONENT THAT SHALL BE WIDELY DISSEMINATED, AS APPROVED BY THE DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES PURSUANT TO REGULATIONS PROMULGATED BY SUCH DIVISION, AND SHALL TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE INHABITANTS; S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD07279-01-3