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The Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan shall be submitted to the Governor for approval when the Governor assumes office following each gubernatorial election, or at other times as the director deems appropriate. The Governor shall provide written approval of the Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan through issuance of an executive order and the division shall file a copy of the executive order with the Legislative Research Commission. The Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan shall be the primary strategic disaster and emergency response planning component of the integrated emergency management system of the Commonwealth, and shall be utilized and followed by all state agencies, all local government agencies, all local public agencies or entities, and all other political subdivisions of the Commonwealth which may be involved in disaster and emergency response in the Commonwealth. The Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan shall be updated by the division not less than annually;(d) To maintain and operate the State Emergency Operations Center facility, which shall be the official and primary state government twenty-four (24) hour warning point, communications, and command center, from which the Governor, cabinet secretaries, department heads, and other state agency officials can, at any time, rapidly, adequately, and effectively manage the disaster and emergency response of the Commonwealth. The State Emergency Operations Center facility shall be the primary state direction and control component of the integrated emergency management system of the Commonwealth for the coordination of all disaster and emergency response in the Commonwealth;(e) To develop, monitor, and operate, on a twenty-four (24) hour per day basis, the appropriate alerting or warning systems, public safety telecommunications systems or radio networks; any state trunked, fiber, or interactive communication systems; computer, fax, other telecommunications or information networks; and systems needed for communication and coordination with all necessary or appropriate federal, state, or local public safety, law enforcement, emergency management, or other disaster and emergency response agencies, and state or local dispatch centers in the Commonwealth, and other appropriate interests, and through these agencies and systems to receive or disseminate emergency information, or to receive timely notification of, and continual assessment of, all threatened or actual emergency incidents or disaster situations occurring anywhere in or near the Commonwealth;(f) To immediately notify the Governor and the Adjutant General, in the event of any major emergency incidents or disaster occurrences, or the threatened or impending occurrence of any of these events, and to keep the Governor and the Adjutant General informed of all actions being taken in response to these events;(g) To respond to the scenes of emergencies or disasters, or their threatened or impending occurrence and to directly and immediately investigate, analyze, and assess the nature and seriousness of these situations; to convene meetings, gather information, conduct briefings, and evaluate ongoing emergency response activities; take actions to execute the appropriate provisions of the Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan; coordinate the establishment and operation of a state incident management system; establish or manage sub-state or area emergency operations centers, or on-scene command posts; and fully expedite and coordinate the disaster and emergency response of the Commonwealth;(h) To establish and operate area field offices of the division, each office to be headed by an area manager, responsible for administering the policies, plans, programs, and duties of the division in specific geographic areas of the Commonwealth, including the coordination of comprehensive emergency management programs developed by the cities, counties, urban-county, or charter county governments in the areas;(i) To provide funds to the cities, counties, and urban-county or charter county governmentÜ¥e#À õT])Q,\l,\l\\ \ ªK(\ì\˜\Tî\+-K MS Sans Serif Symbol0Courier NewTimes New RomanHB 88 AN ACT relating to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents.it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:Section seq [section]1. KRS 39A.050 is amended to read as follows:(1) The Division of Emergency Management shall coordinate for the Governor all matters pertaining to the comprehensive emergency management program and disaster and emergency response of the Commonwealth. The division shall be the executive branch agency of state government having primary jurisdiction, responsibility, and authority for the planning and execution of disaster and emergency assessment, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery for the Commonwealth; the coordination of all disaster and emergency response by and between all state agencies, all agencies of city, county, and urban-county or charter county government, all local entities, and all political subdivisions of the Commonwealth for an emergency, declared emergency, disaster, or catastrophe as contemplated in KRS 39A.010, 39A.020, or 39A.030; the coordination of, and liaison with, related or concerned federal government agencies, elected officials of other states, private organizations or private sector companies dealing with disaster and emergency response; the coordination of all recovery operations and mitigation initiatives subsequent to disasters or emergencies; and the coordination of all public information activities regarding state government disaster and emergency response operations.(2) The Division of Emergency Management shall have and exercise the following powers, authorities, and duties:(a) To develop, administer, and maintain a statewide comprehensive emergency management program for the Commonwealth, and through it an integrated emergency management system for the disaster and emergency response of the Commonwealth, which shall be coordinated with the emergency management programs, and other related public safety, emergency response, mitigation, or disaster recovery programs, of all appropriate federal government agencies including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Department of Defense, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Security Council, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Federal Railroad Administration, the United States Geological Survey, the Department of Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the American Red Cross, the other states, and other appropriate public or private agencies, to the fullest appropriate extent;(b) To coordinate the development, implementation, and maintenance of comprehensive emergency management programs by local emergency management agencies in the cities, counties, and urban-county or charter county governments of the Commonwealth to ensure that all such programs, agencies, and organizations are organized, administered, and operated as functional components of the integrated emergency management system of the Commonwealth;(c) To develop and maintain a comprehensive, risk-based, all-hazards disaster and emergency response plan entitled "Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan," the provisions of which shall establish the organizational structure to be utilized by state government for managing disaster and emergency response, and set forth the policies, procedures, and guidelines for the coordination and execution of all disaster and emergency response for an emergency, declared emergency, disasters of the Commonwealth to support the development, administration, operation, and maintenance of local emergency management agencies created pursuant to KRS Chapters 39A to 39F;(j) To require the regular submission of program administration data, records, materials, reports, or documents from local emergency management agencies as may be necessary and sufficient to conduct performance reviews and assessments to ensure compliance with all state or federal funding and program requirements, and to ensure local program compatibility and consistency with the mission, goals, and objectives of the comprehensive emergency management program and integrated emergency management system of the Commonwealth;(k) To ascertain the requirements of the Commonwealth and its cities and counties for emergency resources and the necessities of life in the event of disaster or emergency; institute an emergency resource management plan and procure emergency supplies, materials, and equipment; and use or employ in time of emergency any of the property, services, and resources of state or local government in the Commonwealth for the purposes set forth in KRS Chapters 39A to 39F;(l) To institute public information and education programs, emergency management training programs, and exercise programs to test and evaluate emergency operations plans and disaster and emergency response and recovery capabilities;[ and](m) To assess the statewide preparedness to respond to acts of terrorism involving chemical and biological agents;(n) To strengthen statewide preparedness strategies to respond to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents; and(o) To promulgate administrative regulations to carry out the provisions of KRS Chapters 39A to 39F.seq [section]2. KRS 39A.070 is amended to read as follows:director, with the approval of the Adjutant General, shall exercise the following powers, responsibilities, and duties:(1) To represent the Governor on all matters pertaining to the comprehensive emergency management program and the disaster and emergency response of the Commonwealth;(2) To coordinate the development of a statewide comprehensive emergency management program, and through it, an integrated emergency management system for the disaster and emergency response of the Commonwealth;(3) To promulgate administrative regulations and issue orders, directives, standards, rules, procedures, guidance, or recommended practices necessary to coordinate the development, administration, organization, operation, implementation, and maintenance of the statewide comprehensive emergency management program and the integrated emergency management system of the Commonwealth;(4) To coordinate the development of comprehensive emergency management programs by the cities, counties, and urban-county or charter county governments as functional components of the integrated emergency management system of the Commonwealth;(5) To supervise the development and maintenance of the Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan, and to review and give concurrence to local emergency operations plans required pursuant to KRS Chapters 39A to 39F;(6) To coordinate the comprehensive emergency management program of the Commonwealth with the emergency management or other emergency response-related programs of the federal government, and of other states, to the fullest appropriate extent;(7) To advise the Governor and the Adjutant General immediately of the occurrence or threatened or impending occurrence of any disaster or emergency, and to recommend to the Governor any emergency actions, written orders, emergency powers, or executive orders that the Governor should execute;(8) To serve as the Governor's primary liaison with local officials in the event of the occurrence, or threatened or impending occurrence, of any disaster or emergency in the cities, counties, urban-counties, or charter counties of the Commonwealth;(9) To take any other preparedness or response actions deemed necessary for adequate response to a disaster or emergency situation to include: requesting increased readiness activities by state or local agencies in advance of an actual disaster or emergency; requesting implementation of local emergency operations plans or the activation of local emergency operations centers; requesting reports from state or local agencies regarding emergency situations, damage assessments, or the taking of emergency response actions; and requesting the mobilization or deployment of any trained and equipped forces of state or local government for the disaster and emergency response purposes set forth in KRS Chapters 39A to 39F;(10) To request and utilize the personnel, equipment, services, and facilities of existing officers and agencies of the Commonwealth and of all political subdivisions and special districts. All these officers and agencies shall fully cooperate with and extend their resources to the director as requested to the extent that local public safety is not unreasonably compromised;(11) To employ measures and give directions to the state or local boards of health as necessary for the purpose of securing compliance with the provisions of KRS Chapters 39A to 39F, or with the findings or recommendations of the boards of health, because of conditions arising from disasters, emergency situations, national security emergencies, or the threat thereof;(12) To request and utilize the services of state and local law enforcement officers for the purpose of securing compliance with the provisions of KRS Chapters 39A to 39F, or any order of the Governor pertaining to disaster and emergency response;(13) On behalf of this Commonwealth, with the approval of the Governor or act of the General Assembly, to enter into reciprocal aid agreements or compacts with other states and the federal government, either on a statewide, local, county, or city basis, or with other states or a province of a foreign country. The mutual aid agreements shall be limited to the furnishing or exchange of food, clothing, medicine, and other supplies; engineering services; emergency housing; police services; national guard personnel and resources while under the control of the state; health, medical, and related services; firefighting; rescue; search and rescue or recovery; urban search and rescue; hazardous materials response services, transportation and construction services and equipment; personnel necessary to provide or conduct these services and other supplies, equipment, facilities, personnel, and services as needed; the reimbursement of costs and expenses for equipment, supplies, personnel, and similar items for mobile support units, firefighting, search and rescue, and police units, and health units; and on the terms and conditions deemed necessary;(14) To sponsor and develop mutual aid plans and agreements among the urban-county or charter county governments, counties, cities, and other political subdivisions and special districts of the Commonwealth, similar to the mutual aid arrangements with other states referred to in subsection (13) of this section;(15) To procure motor vehicles, radio and telecommunications equipment, protective clothing, safety equipment, and other necessary supplies and materials to meet the emergency response, operational, and administrative needs of the division;(16) To identify deficiencies existing in the emergency management program organization, facilities, and capabilities of the Commonwealth, including but not limited to: personnel and administrative resources; state, sub-state, area, or local emergency operations centers; mobile command posts; emergency telecommunications and computer systems; alerting and warning systems; stockpiles of critical resources; or any other necessary elements, and to recommend to the Adjutant General, for consideration by the Governor or the General Assembly or other appropriate funding authority, the administrative or operational funding requirements, and long-range capital construction or improvement projects needed to meet the emergency management infrastructure needs of the Commonwealth;(17) To serve as the state coordinating officer and notify the Governor of the appropriations necessary to fund the expected emergency operational or response costs of the division, and the Commonwealth's share of the grants provided by Pub.L.No. 93-288, Title V, Federal Disaster Assistance Programs as amended by Pub.L.No. 100-707, the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, or successor Acts or Titles, and further, take action necessary to ensure entitlement to all other federal relief or assistance programs;(18) To cooperate with the President of the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other appropriate federal offices and agencies, and the offices and agencies of other states in matters pertaining to the comprehensive emergency management program of the Commonwealth and nation; and in connection with these, to take any measures considered necessary to implement any request of the President and the appropriate federal offices and agencies, for any action requiring effective disaster and emergency response, including the direction or control and mobilization of disaster and emergency response forces; tests and exercises, warnings, and signals for drills or other emergency response activities and the mechanical devices to be used in connection with these; the shutting off of water mains, gas mains, electric power connections, and the suspension of all other utility services; the conduct of civilians and the movement and cessation of movement of pedestrians and vehicular traffic during, prior, and subsequent to a drill, emergency, declared emergency or disaster; public meetings or gatherings; and the evacuation and sheltering of the civilian population;[ and](19) To collaborate with the commissioner of the Department for Public Health to submit an annual written report to the Legislative Research Commission and to the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare with the findings of any statewide risk and needs assessment relating to the assessment of risks and the preparedness of the Department for Public Health to respond to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents; and(20) To delegate any authority vested in the director under KRS Chapters 39A to 39F and to provide for the subdelegation of any such authority.seq [section]3. A NEW SECTION OF KRS 211.005 TO 211.380 IS CREATED TO READ AS FOLLOWS:commissioner of the Department for Public Health shall:(1) Collaborate with the Division of Emergency Management established under KRS 39A.050 to assess the preparedness of the Department for Public Health, local and state health departments, and health care providers to respond to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents. Assessments shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:(a) Educational needs of the health care work force related to preparedness to respond to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents;(b) Readiness and adequacy of communication networks for receiving and broadcasting health alerts;(c) Readiness of laboratories across the state to respond to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents;(d) Adequacy of surveillance activities and data collection and analysis in responding to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents;(e) Preparation for receiving, distributing, and administering items from the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile;(f) Adequacy of reporting requirements of rare, unusual, or unexplained illnesses that could be related to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents;(g) Lines of communication used to report potential or actual acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents to the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and(h) Public information needs relating to awareness of the threat of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents and actions that should be taken in case of a potential or actual act of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents.(2) Collaborate with the Division of Emergency Management to submit written reports to the Legislative Research Commission and the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare regarding the findings of any assessment of the public health preparedness to respond to acts of terrorism involving biological or chemical agents; and(3) Strengthen statewide public health strategies to respond to acts of terrorism involving chemical or biological agents based upon risk and preparedness assessments.COPY AS OF date \@ MM/dd/yy12/04/01 02 REG. 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