PA 07-11—sHB 5186

Public Safety and Security Committee

Planning and Development Committee

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

SUMMARY: This act broadens the definition of “civil preparedness” to include measures addressing, where appropriate, the nonmilitary evacuation of pets and service animals. It prohibits the emergency management and homeland security commissioner from approving any local emergency operations plan that he determines does not address such evacuation and other civil preparedness activities and measures specified in existing law.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

CIVIL PREPAREDNESS

By law, civil preparedness includes a range of activities and measures to be taken in anticipation of, during, and in response to an attack, major disaster, or emergency. When appropriate, the anticipatory measures must address the nonmilitary evacuation of civilians. The act requires, when appropriate, that they address the nonmilitary evacuation of pets and service animals as well.

BACKGROUND

Federal Law

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

Related Acts

PA 07-94 requires shoreline towns' emergency operation plans to address any emergency caused by an existing liquefied natural gas terminal on Long Island Sound.

PA 07-173 requires towns to consider whether to address the nonmilitary evacuation of livestock and horses in their emergency plans of operation.

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