Requires the county health commissioner to notify certain individuals in the event of an emergency creating an imminent risk to public health and safety.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to notifying local officials of the occurrence of certain emergency situations
To require county health commissioners to notify appropriate local officials in the event of a health emergency. This bill is designed to facilitate the timely notice to county and local Officials so that they can put in place the appropriate emergency response as soon as possible.
Section 1 amends Section 352 of the Public Health Law by adding a new subdivision 7, to require that upon the occurrence of an emergency where an imminent imperilment to the public health and safety exists, the County Health Commissioner shall immediately notify, in addition to those individuals he or she would have otherwise notified, the chief executive officer of each municipality affected by the emergency; each member of the county's legislative body who represents the area affected by the emergency; and each member of the municipal legislative body who represents the area affected by the emergency; and where the emergency affects another county, the County Health Commissioner of the affected county or counties.
There are gaps in the notification procedures. When there is an imminent threat to public health all appropriate officials need to be alerted so they can put in place the appropriate emergency response as soon as possible. The sooner the public is aware of the problem, the sooner they can take steps to protect themselves.
S.7358-A of 2012 referred to health; same as A.535 (Abinanti); 2013: Passed Assembly; S. 2754 referred to health.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 2754--A 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE January 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. MARCHIONE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Health -- recommitted to the Committee on Health in accordance with Senate Rule 6, sec. 8 -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to notifying local officials of the occurrence of certain emergency situations THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 352 of the public health law is amended by adding a new subdivision 7 to read as follows: 7. UPON THE OCCURRENCE OF AN EMERGENCY WHERE AN IMMINENT IMPERILMENT TO THE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY EXISTS, IN ADDITION TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS HE OR SHE WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE NOTIFIED, THE COUNTY HEALTH COMMISSIONER SHALL IMMEDIATELY NOTIFY THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS OF THE EXISTENCE OF SUCH EMERGENCY: (A) THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF EACH MUNICIPALITY AFFECTED BY THE EMERGENCY; (B) EACH MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE BODY OF THE COUNTY IN WHICH THE EMERGENCY EXISTS WHO REPRESENTS THE AREA AFFECTED BY THE EMERGENCY; AND (C) WHERE THE EMERGENCY AFFECTS ANOTHER COUNTY, THE COUNTY HEALTH COMMISSIONER OF THE AFFECTED COUNTY OR COUNTIES. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD03588-03-4