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SECTION 22
State disaster preparedness plans
Executive (EXC) CHAPTER 18, ARTICLE 2-B
§ 22. State disaster preparedness plans. 1. The commission shall
prepare a state disaster preparedness plan and submit such plan to the
governor for approval no later than one year following the effective
date of this act. The governor shall act upon such plan by July first of
that year. The commission shall review such plans annually.

2. The purpose of such plans shall be to minimize the effects of
disasters by: (i) identifying appropriate measures to prevent disasters,
(ii) developing mechanisms to coordinate the use of resources and
manpower for service during and after disaster emergencies and the
delivery of services to aid citizens and reduce human suffering
resulting from a disaster, and (iii) provide for recovery and
redevelopment after disaster emergencies.

3. Such plans shall be prepared with such assistance from other
agencies as the commission deems necessary, and shall include, but not
be limited to:

a. Disaster prevention and mitigation. Plans to prevent and minimize
the effects of disasters shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) identification of hazards and assessment of risk;

(2) recommended disaster prevention and mitigation projects, policies,
priorities and programs, with suggested implementation schedules, which
outline federal, state and local roles;

(3) suggested revisions and additions to building and safety codes,
and zoning and other land use programs;

(4) suggested ways in which state agencies can provide technical
assistance to municipalities in the development of local disaster
prevention and mitigation plans and programs;

(5) such other measures as reasonably can be taken to protect lives,
prevent disasters, and reduce the impact of disasters.

b. Disaster response. Plans to coordinate the use of resources and
manpower for service during and after disaster emergencies and to
deliver services to aid citizens and reduce human suffering resulting
from a disaster emergency shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) coordination of resources, manpower and services, using recognized
practices in incident management and utilizing existing organizations
and lines of authority and centralized direction of requests for
assistance;

(2) the location, procurement, construction, processing,
transportation, storing, maintenance, renovation, distribution, disposal
or use of materials, including those donated, and facilities and
services;

(3) a system for warning populations who are or may be endangered;

(4) arrangements for activating state, municipal and volunteer forces,
through normal chains of command so far as possible and for continued
communication and reporting;

(5) a specific plan for rapid and efficient communication, and for the
integration of state communication facilities during a state disaster
emergency, including the assignment of responsibilities and the
establishment of communication priorities, and liaison with municipal,
private and federal communication facilities;

(6) a plan for coordinated evacuation procedures, including the
establishment of temporary housing and other necessary facilities;

(7) criteria for establishing priorities with respect to the
restoration of vital services and debris removal;

(8) plans for the continued effective operation of the civil and
criminal justice systems;

(9) provisions for training state and local government personnel and
volunteers in disaster response operations;

(10) providing information to the public;

(11) care for the injured and needy and identification and disposition
of the dead;

(12) utilization and coordination of programs to assist victims of
disasters, with particular attention to the needs of the poor, the
elderly, individuals with disabilities and other groups which may be
especially affected;

(13) control of ingress and egress to and from a disaster area;

(14) arrangements to administer federal disaster assistance;

(15) a system for obtaining and coordinating situational awareness
including the centralized assessment of disaster effects and resultant
needs; and

(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.

c. Recovery. Plans to provide for recovery and redevelopment after
disaster emergencies shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) measures to coordinate state agency assistance in recovery
efforts;

(2) arrangements to administer federal recovery assistance; and

(3) such other measures as reasonably can be taken to assist in the
development and implementation of local disaster recovery plans.