senate Bill S5790

Signed By Governor
2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires the division of homeland security and emergency services to provide recommendations on the implementation of tornado warning systems in the state

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Sep 27, 2013 signed chap.379
Sep 17, 2013 delivered to governor
Jun 20, 2013 returned to senate
passed assembly
ordered to third reading rules cal.169
substituted for a7633a
Jun 17, 2013 referred to ways and means
delivered to assembly
passed senate
ordered to third reading cal.1411
committee discharged and committed to rules
Jun 14, 2013 referred to veterans, homeland security and military affairs

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S5790 - Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A7633A
Law Section:
Executive Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง711-a, Exec L
Versions Introduced in 2013-2014 Legislative Session:
A7633

S5790 - Bill Texts

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Requires the division of homeland security and emergency services to provide recommendations on the implementation of tornado warning systems in the state, on the installation of tornado sirens and on the use of firehouse sirens; requires the division to also make recommendations on the use of other technology available for notification of impending tornado.

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BILL NUMBER:S5790

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the executive law, in relation to
requiring the division of homeland security and emergency services to
provide recommendations on the implementation of tornado warning
systems in the state

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL: The division of homeland security
and emergency services shall issue, analyze and report recommendations
on the implementation of tornado warning systems, including the
installation of tornado sirens in municipalities across the state in
order to add redundancy to warning systems that could be rendered
useless due to power loss from major disasters.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:

Section 1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 711-a
to read as follows:

711-a. Report on tornado warning system. 1. The division shall analyze
and report recommendations on the implementation of tornado warning
systems, including the installation of tornado sirens in
municipalities across the state. Such report shall determine whether
municipalities should install tornado sirens. Additionally, the
division shall provide recommendations on the placement of tornado
sirens and whether they should be located near schools, hospitals,
sports facilities, colleges or other populated areas.

2. The division shall analyze and report on the use of firehouse
sirens as possible notification to the surrounding community of an
impending tornado and the type of public education necessary to carry
out such program.

3. The division shall also recommend other technologies to be used to
issue tornado warnings such as text messages to cell phones and the
systems necessary to carry out an emergency text message system.

4. The recommendations required pursuant to this section shall include
the cost benefit analysis of a tornado warning system and possible
funding mechanisms for the implementation of a tornado warning system.

5. The division shall issue the report to the governor and the
legislature on or before March first, two thousand fourteen.

Section 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

JUSTIFICATION: In 2012 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) released data indicating that 100 million more
Americans now face tornado risks due to changes in the planet's
weather patterns, including those impacting the United States.

Over the past few years, the United States and New York have been
heavily impacted by severe weather including increased rate of
tornados and tornados occurring on areas with higher population
densities.


Yet, unlike states with a history of tornados, New York State does not
have a tornado warning system in place to warn its residents of the
impending danger.

According to a report released in the spring of 2013 by Assemblyman
Marcos A. Crespo which examined 62 years of tornado activity in New
York State, 69% of the 407 tornadoes that have impacted New York since
1950 have occurred since 1986, increasing in frequency over the past
decade.

This report documents an almost 600% increase in tornadoes impacting
New York since 1970. The prior 20 years (1950-70) only saw 47
tornadoes. NYC has seen a 300% increase with 9 tornadoes in 10 years
and none ever recorded prior to 1985.

278 tornadoes have hit New York since 1986 and have injured over 300
of our residents and caused tens of millions of dollars in property
damage. Tornadoes now pose a tremendous risk to all of New York's more
than 19 million residents.

Based on a growing body of scientific evidence and recent tornado
events in New York and other locations around the nation, the need is
clear for New York to examine how it will implement public safety
policies with regards to this dangerous and deadly natural phenomenon.

In 2013 NOAA predicted 21 Atlantic Ocean hurricanes with as many as
six becoming major threatening storms that will impact the eastern
coast of the United States, including New York. These hurricanes will
spin off tornados that will pose threat to life and property.

Without a proper warning system in place to address the growing
intensity and prevalence of severe weather, New York is neglecting to
address a major public safety issue that could potentially lead to the
loss of life in numbers never before experienced in our history.

This legislation begins the overdue process of planning on which, how
and where tornado warning systems will be located, installed and
operated in our state. Because reliance on cell phones and computer
notification systems would be rendered useless in event of major power
loss and cell tower damage, redundancy in a warning system should be a
priority.

With the vast majority of the tornadoes taking place in Upstate
communities with sprawling suburbs and growing rates of occurrences in
NYC, this issue should be a priority for and nonpartisan effort to
improve public safety.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Legislation

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT: None

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately

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

                                  5790

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              June 14, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. SANDERS -- 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 requiring the division
  of homeland security and emergency services to provide recommendations
  on the implementation of tornado warning systems in the state

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1. The executive law is amended by adding a new section 711-a
to read as follows:
  S 711-A. ANALYZE AND REPORT ON THE FEASIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING TORNADO
WARNING SYSTEMS. 1. THE DIVISION SHALL ANALYZE AND REPORT ON THE  FEASI-
BILITY  OF IMPLEMENTING TORNADO WARNING SYSTEMS, INCLUDING THE INSTALLA-
TION OF TORNADO SIRENS IN MUNICIPALITIES ACROSS THE STATE. SUCH EXAMINA-
TION SHALL INCLUDE DETERMINING  WHETHER  CERTAIN  MUNICIPALITIES  SHOULD
INSTALL  TORNADO  SIRENS,  THE POTENTIAL PLACEMENT OF TORNADO SIRENS AND
WHETHER THEY SHOULD BE LOCATED NEAR SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS,  SPORTS  FACILI-
TIES, COLLEGES OR OTHER POPULATED AREAS.
  2.  THE  DIVISION  SHALL  ANALYZE  AND  REPORT ON THE USE OF FIREHOUSE
SIRENS AS POSSIBLE NOTIFICATION  TO  THE  SURROUNDING  COMMUNITY  OF  AN
IMPENDING  TORNADO  AND  THE TYPE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION NECESSARY TO CARRY
OUT SUCH PROGRAM.
  3. THE DIVISION SHALL ALSO RECOMMEND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES TO BE USED  TO
ISSUE  TORNADO  WARNINGS  SUCH  AS  TEXT MESSAGES TO CELL PHONES AND THE
SYSTEMS NECESSARY TO CARRY OUT AN EMERGENCY TEXT MESSAGE SYSTEM.
  4. THE RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO THIS SECTION SHALL INCLUDE
A COST-BENEFIT ANALYSIS OF IMPLEMENTING A  TORNADO  WARNING  SYSTEM  AND
POSSIBLE  FUNDING MECHANISMS FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A TORNADO WARNING
SYSTEM.
  5. THE DIVISION SHALL ISSUE THE REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE  LEGIS-
LATURE ON OR BEFORE MARCH FIRST, TWO THOUSAND FOURTEEN.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11217-03-3

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