OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5186

AN ACT CONCERNING THE EVACUATION OF PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS AND APPROVAL OF THE LOCAL EMERGENCY PLAN OF OPERATIONS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires local civil preparedness plans include provisions for evacuating pets and service animals during emergencies. It prohibits the emergency management and homeland security commissioner from approving a plan unless it includes such provisions and strategies addressing the other civil preparedness activities and measures required by existing law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Federal Law

The 2006 federal Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PL 109-308) requires states accepting Stafford Act funds for homeland security to ensure that state and local emergency preparedness plans “take into account the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a major disaster or emergency.

Local Emergency Plans

Each town, or combination of towns, must have an emergency plan of operations. The plan must include measures towns must take to prepare for, and following, an attack, major disaster, or emergency and, when appropriate, measures addressing the nonmilitary evacuation of civilians.

Related Bill

sSB 1017 requires shoreline towns' emergency operation plans to address emergencies caused by any liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Public Safety and Security Committee

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

15

Nay

6

(02/27/2007)

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/14/2007)