senate Bill S4778

Amended

Relates to statewide disaster preparedness plan and emergency response

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  • 23 / Apr / 2013
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 30 / May / 2013
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4778A
  • 14 / Jun / 2013
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO FINANCE
  • 14 / Jun / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 4778B
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • COMMITTEE DISCHARGED AND COMMITTED TO RULES
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • ORDERED TO THIRD READING CAL.1390
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • PASSED SENATE
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • DELIVERED TO ASSEMBLY
  • 17 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO GOVERNMENTAL OPERATIONS
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • DIED IN ASSEMBLY
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • RETURNED TO SENATE
  • 08 / Jan / 2014
    • REFERRED TO VETERANS, HOMELAND SECURITY AND MILITARY AFFAIRS
  • 28 / May / 2014
    • REPORTED AND COMMITTED TO FINANCE

Summary

Relates to statewide disaster preparedness plan and emergency response; adds provisions to improve coordination and response.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7303
Versions:
S4778
S4778A
S4778B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Finance
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยงยง22 & 709, Exec L

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BILL NUMBER:S4778

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


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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  4778

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             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 56

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD10481-01-3

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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.

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