Requires any city having a population of 500,000 or more use the best technology available, including computer models, to develop evacuation time estimates, which shall be used to complete such plan; requires the state emergency management office to assist therewith; requires such time estimates to be made available to the public, unless the state emergency management office declares that there is a compelling security reason to withhold such information from the public.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to the local disaster preparedness plans of a city having a population of five hundred thousand or more inhabitants
PURPOSE: This bill would require cities that have a population of 500,000 or more residents must use the best technology available to derive evacuation time estimates for disaster preparedness plans.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: This bill would amend the executive law to provide that any city that prepares an evacuation plan and has a population greater than or equal to 500,000 shall use the most up to date information or best practices to estimate evacuation times.
If a city has an evacuation plan already in place, this bill would mandate that such plan must use the most up to date information or best practices to estimate evacuation times.
The disaster preparedness commission would be authorized to assist any of these cities with the development of plans and practices. The commission would also determine if these cities are in compliance with this article.
JUSTIFICATION: Forecasts for the upcoming hurricane season arid seasons beyond predict that the Northeast coast is due for a major storm to make landfall.
Storms like Hurricane Katrina clearly illustrate the need for an effective evacuation plan.
Computer modeling and up to date industry standards can provide a municipality with the proper framework to coordinate an efficient and effective evacuation plan.
Having proper plans in place could mitigate the effects of a natural or manmade disaster. There are multiple factors that contribute to estimating evacuation times, they are: number of evacuees, roadway capacity, public transportation load capacity, and the number of residents using private cars or mass transit.
Computer modeling and up to date industry standards can provide the proper technology to account for each variable to determine evacuation times.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2008: S.3640 - Passed Senate and Assembly Vetoed - Message 140 2009: Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security & Military Affairs 6/2/11 Reported and Committed to Finance 1/4/12 Referred to Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None noted.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act would take effect on the 180th day after it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2573 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 the local disaster preparedness plans of a city having a population of five hundred thou- sand or more inhabitants THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 23 of the executive law is amended by adding a new subdivision 1-a to read as follows: 1-A. IN THE EVENT THAT ANY CITY HAVING A POPULATION OF FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND OR MORE INHABITANTS PREPARES A LOCAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS PLAN, SUCH PLAN SHALL USE THE UP-TO-DATE INDUSTRY STANDARD OR THE BEST TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE, INCLUDING COMPUTER MODELS, TO DEVELOP EVACUATION TIME ESTIMATES, WHICH SHALL BE USED TO COMPLETE SUCH PLAN. IN THE EVENT THAT ANY SUCH CITY HAS ALREADY DEVELOPED SUCH A PLAN, SUCH PLAN SHALL BE REVISED TO COME INTO COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVISION, UNLESS THE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION, AS DEFINED IN PARAGRAPH D OF SUBDIVISION TWO OF SECTION TWENTY OF THIS ARTICLE, DETERMINES THAT SUCH PLAN IS ALREADY IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SUBDIVI- SION. SAID DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION SHALL ASSIST ANY SUCH CITY WITH THE DEVELOPMENT THEREOF. 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. LBD07312-01-3