PA 07-173—sHB 7025

Public Safety and Security Committee

Planning and Development Committee

Appropriations Committee

Judiciary Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING CIVIL PREPAREDNESS

SUMMARY: This act makes several changes in the civil preparedness statutes. It:

1. expands the governor's authority to deploy civil preparedness personnel out-of-state;

2. requires towns to (a) consider whether to address the nonmilitary evacuation of livestock and horses in their emergency plans of operation and (b) submit current plans annually for state approval;

3. requires people appointed to serve in civil preparedness organizations to take oaths annually, rather than only upon entering office;

4. requires officers administering oaths, except local civil preparedness officers, to be empowered to enlist volunteers by the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) commissioner, instead of civil preparedness directors;

5. requires local civil preparedness officers to provide DEMHS with a roster of sworn volunteer civil preparedness personnel by August 15 each year; and

6. reduces the frequency of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Coordinating Council meetings from monthly to quarterly.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

OUT-OF-STATE DEPLOYMENT OF CIVIL PREPAREDNESS PERSONNEL

Prior law allowed the governor to deploy civil preparedness personnel out-of-state only if the other state's laws on the use of such personnel were substantially similar to Connecticut's. The act allows the governor to order them to operate in states that are members of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact as well.

LOCAL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN

In order to be eligible for certain state and federal homeland security and civil preparedness funds, a town must submit an emergency operations plan, approved by the local preparedness director and local chief executive, to the DEMHS commissioner for approval. The act requires towns to submit current plans by January 1, 2008 and annually thereafter. Any town that does not change its previous year's plan may include a notice to that effect.

BACKGROUND

Emergency Management and Homeland Coordinating Council

This council advises the Office of Emergency Management and Department of Public Safety on various emergency management and homeland security issues.

Emergency Management Assistance Compact

The state enacted this compact in 2000. It provides a mechanism for states to (1) help each other manage emergencies and disasters declared by any member state and (2) participate in emergency-related exercises, testing, or other training or activities when no emergency exists.

Related Act

PA 07-11 requires local civil preparedness plans to include provisions for evacuating pets and service animals during emergencies.

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