S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
I N A S S E M B L Y
September 11, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. SKOUFIS -- read once and referred to the Commit-
tee on Governmental Operations -- committee discharged, bill amended,
ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee
AN ACT to amend the executive law, the public service law and the public
health law, in relation to enacting the "natural disaster preparedness
and mitigation act"
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
the "natural disaster preparedness and mitigation act".
S 2. Legislative intent. The legislature hereby finds that due to
changes in climate and weather patterns, large areas of the state have
been severely impacted by repeated hurricanes, tropical storms and other
weather related natural disasters during the past few years. The condi-
tions created by these hurricanes, tropical storms and other weather
related natural disasters have imposed severe economic, social and
infrastructure damages to those areas and populaces affected.
Therefore, the legislature declares that the state, its political
subdivisions, public utilities and health care facilities must improve
their preparations for, responses to and recovery from future disasters.
This act requires enhanced planning, preparation and mitigation efforts
for possible future natural disasters. Natural disaster planning, on
both the state and local levels, by state and local governments, utili-
ties and health care facilities should be comprehensive and include
emergency service organizations which are involved in mitigation of
damage and recovery from disasters at all levels. Furthermore, the
responses to disasters must be quick, well coordinated and comprehensive
so as to minimize the loss of life, human suffering, property loss and
reduction in business activity. Finally, both public and private infras-
tructures should be designed and constructed to minimize the damage
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.