Relates to statewide disaster preparedness plan and emergency response; adds provisions to improve coordination and response.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to statewide disaster preparedness plan and emergency response
PURPOSE: This bill establishes an executive statewide plan for natural disaster emergency procedure. It shall allow state and local officials to act cooperatively and efficiently in the event that the state is affected by extreme weather or other such natural disaster. It will also provide the public with a clear, concise, and effective set of guidelines for how to prepare for these types of disasters.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 provides that the disaster preparedness commission shall develop a comprehensive disaster defense plan that maps out the course of action for all state and local authorities, departments, and agencies in the event that the state experiences a disaster that affects more than one county in the state.
Section 2 provides that the commission shall take into consideration the reports and recommendations made by any appropriate task force or commission formed as a result or in response to a specific incident involving a threat, disaster or emergency including, but not limited to, the bipartisan task force on Hurricane Sandy recovery. The commission shall work with the governor, the legislature, county, and municipal officials to ensure that the plan is sensitive to the needs of the individual locality or area of the state.
Section 3 provides for the location of strategically placed stockpiles of food, water and other necessary emergency materials. Section three also provides a centralized dissemination of the procedures, resources and information set forth to local governments and other response organizations, including not-for-profit groups participating in relief and recovery efforts.
Section 4 provides that public hearings will be held subsequent to any significant emergency or disaster affecting any area of the state and report on and make recommendations to the state disaster preparedness commission as to additional actions that should be taken in response to specific emergency situations.
JUSTIFICATION: The weather patterns of the last decade have shown that our region is becoming more susceptible to hurricanes and flooding. It is clear now more than ever, after witnessing the devastating effects of Superstorm Sandy, that our regional climate is changing and so we must make an effort to assure that we are prepared to assist the citizens of the state of New York to the best of our abilities.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None
EFFECTIVE DATE: Effective Immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 4778 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE April 23, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sens. GOLDEN, LANZA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to statewide disaster preparedness plan and emergency response THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Legislative findings and intent. The legislature hereby finds and declares that due to the extreme weather patterns that the state of New York has experienced in recent years, there is a need for improvement of the statewide preparedness plan to better equip locali- ties in assisting citizens. The disaster preparedness commission shall develop a comprehensive disaster defense plan that maps out the course of action for all state and local authorities, departments, and agencies in the event that the state experiences a disaster that affects more than one county in the state. The public needs a more readily available and comprehensive set of instructions for the proper course of action to be taken in the event of emergencies and disasters. S 2. Subdivision 3 of section 22 of the executive law is amended by adding a new paragraph d to read as follows: D. PERIODIC PLAN REVISION. THE ANNUAL REVIEW OF THE PLANS SHALL TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY ANY APPROPRI- ATE TASK FORCE OR COMMISSION FORMED AS A RESULT OR IN RESPONSE TO A SPECIFIC INCIDENT INVOLVING A THREAT, DISASTER OR EMERGENCY INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE BIPARTISAN TASK FORCE ON HURRICANE SANDY RECOV- ERY. THE COMMISSION SHALL WORK WITH THE GOVERNOR, THE LEGISLATURE, COUN- TY, AND MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS TO ENSURE THAT THE PLAN IS SENSITIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL LOCALITY OR AREA OF THE STATE. S 3. Subparagraphs 6 and 16 of paragraph b of subdivision 3 of section 22 of the executive law, as amended by section 3 of part B of chapter 56EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD10481-01-3 S. 4778 2
of the laws of 2010, are amended and a new paragraph 17 is added to read as follows: (6) a plan for coordinated evacuation procedures, including the estab- lishment of temporary housing, THE LOCATION OF STRATEGICALLY PLACED STOCKPILES OF FOOD, WATER AND OTHER NECESSARY EMERGENCY MATERIALS, and other necessary facilities; (16) utilization and coordination of programs to assist individuals with household pets and service animals following a disaster, with particular attention to means of evacuation, shelter and transportation options
[.]; AND (17) A CENTRALIZED DISSEMINATION OF THE PROCEDURES, RESOURCES AND INFORMATION SET FORTH IN THIS PARAGRAPH TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND OTHER RESPONSE ORGANIZATIONS, INCLUDING NOT-FOR-PROFIT GROUPS PARTICIPATING IN RELIEF AND RECOVERY EFFORTS. S 4. Paragraphs (t) and (u) of subdivision 2 of section 709 of the executive law, paragraph (t) as added by section 14 and paragraph (u) as added by section 22 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2010, are amended to read as follows: (t) develop, maintain, and deploy state, regional and local all-hazard incident management teams [.]; AND (u) HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS SUBSEQUENT TO ANY SIGNIFICANT EMERGENCY OR DISASTER AFFECTING ANY AREA OF THE STATE AND REPORT ON AND MAKE RECOM- MENDATIONS TO THE STATE DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COMMISSION AS TO ADDI- TIONAL ACTIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE TO SPECIFIC EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. 2-A. Notwithstanding article six-C of this chapter, or any other provision of law to the contrary, the division of homeland security and emergency services shall establish best practices regarding training and education for firefighters and first responders which shall include but not be limited to: minimum basic training for firefighters and first responders; in-service training and continuing education; and special- ized training as it may apply to the specific duties of a category of emergency personnel. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately.