Includes acts of terrorism including biological, chemical or radiological terrorism within the definition of disaster for the purpose of local disaster preparedness plans; adds to what must be included within a county disaster preparedness plan.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to local disaster preparedness plans
PURPOSE: To require counties to include in their existing disaster preparedness plans to include biological, chemical or radiological terrorism in the classification of disaster.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 20 of the Executive Law, as amended by section 1 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws 2010, is amended to include the definition of disaster to include an act of biological, chemical or radiological terrorism Counties will be required to include in their existing plans the following:
A roster of volunteer medical personnel within the county who would help in case of a disaster along with a plan to coordinate them;
An assessment of the county's healthcare infrastructure including the number of hospital beds and doctor's offices;
A system to collect disease or exposure data as a result of the disaster;
Identification of a local stockpile of pharmaceuticals that might be used in case of a disaster;
A plan to identify and coordinate emergency services organizations following a disaster;
Identify a county health official that would serve as a risk communicator;
Use drills to test the plans; * Compliance with the National Incident Management System; and
Provide an assessment as to the planning for and implementation of the National Incident Management System.
Section 2 states this act shall take effect on the first of June next succeeding the date on which it shall become law.
JUSTIFICATION: Current law does not recognize terrorism as a cause of a disaster. One of the greatest results of a terrorist attack is the fear it produces in the population and the disarray it aims to cause in government. Requiring counties to take steps in order to coordinate their emergency plans would make the State of New York more prepared for any terrorist attack. This legislation will assess the healthcare infrastructure, volunteer personnel and designating an official as a risk communicator aim to mitigate the impact of a disaster.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2006 Passed Senate 2007 Referred to Education 2008 Referred to Education
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of June next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 5266 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE May 3, 2011 ___________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 local disaster preparedness plans THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Paragraph a of subdivision 2 of section 20 of the executive law, as amended by section 1 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: a. "disaster" means occurrence or imminent threat of wide spread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made causes, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, earthquake, hurricane, tornado, high water, landslide, mudslide, wind, storm, wave action, volcanic activity, epidemic, air contamination, ACT OF terrorism, INCLUDING BIOLOGICAL, CHEMICAL, OR RADIOLOGICAL TERRORISM, cyber event, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, radiological acci- dent, nuclear, chemical, biological, or bacteriological release, water contamination, bridge failure or bridge collapse. S 2. Subdivision 6 of section 23 of the executive law, as amended by section 4 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2010, is amended to read as follows: 6. All plans for comprehensive emergency management developed by local governments or any revisions thereto shall COMPLY WITH THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) AND be submitted to the commission by December thirty-first of each year to facilitate state coordination of disaster operations. S 3. Subparagraph 4 of paragraph a of subdivision 7 of section 23 of the executive law, as amended by section 4 of part B of chapter 56 of the laws of 2010, is amended and eight new subparagraphs 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are added to read as follows:EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD11299-01-1 S. 5266 2
(4) such other measures as reasonably can be taken to protect lives, prevent disasters, and reduce their impact
[.]; (5) A ROSTER OF VOLUNTEER MEDICAL PERSONNEL IN THE COUNTY WHO WOULD BE AVAILABLE TO RESPOND TO DISASTERS AND HAVE A PROCEDURE TO COORDINATE SUCH VOLUNTEERS; (6) ASSESSMENT AS TO THE EXTENT OF EACH COUNTY'S HEALTHCARE INFRAS- TRUCTURE WHICH INCLUDES THE AMOUNT OF HOSPITAL BEDS, DOCTOR'S OFFICES AND EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES AVAILABLE TO A DISASTER AREA; (7) DEVELOPMENT OF A SYSTEM FOR COLLECTING DISEASE OR EXPOSURE DATA IMMEDIATELY AS A RESULT OF A DISASTER; (8) IDENTIFICATION OF A LOCAL STOCKPILE OF PHARMACEUTICALS AVAILABLE IN THE COUNTY, IF AVAILABLE, AND IDENTIFY HOW TO INTEGRATE STATE AND FEDERAL STOCKPILES INTO THE LOCAL SUPPLY; (9) IDENTIFICATION AND COORDINATION OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES ORGAN- IZATIONS TO BE USED FOLLOWING A DISASTER; (10) DESIGNATING A COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIAL AS THE HEALTH RISK COMMU- NICATOR; (11) CREATION OF DRILLS TO BE USED TO TEST SUCH PLANS; AND (12) ASSESSMENT AS TO THE PLANNING FOR AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. S 4. This act shall take effect on the first of June next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law.