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HOUSE BILL NO. 364
INTRODUCED BY J. READ
A BILL FOR AN ACT ENTITLED: "AN ACT DIRECTING THE DIVISION OF DISASTER AND EMERGENCY SERVICES TO ASSIGN A COMMITTEE TO CREATE A MANUAL OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR NONTRADITIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONDERS; AND AMENDING SECTION 10-3-105, MCA."
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
Section 1. Section 10-3-105, MCA, is amended to read:
"10-3-105. Division of disaster and emergency services -- duties. (1) A division of disaster and emergency services is established in the department. The division must have an administrator and other professional, technical, secretarial, and clerical employees as necessary for the performance of its functions.
(2) The department through the division of disaster and emergency services is responsible to the governor for carrying out the planning and program for disaster and emergency services of this state.
(3) The division shall prepare and maintain a comprehensive plan and program for disaster and emergency services of this state. The plan and program must be coordinated with the disaster and emergency plans and programs of the federal government, other states, political subdivisions, tribal governments, and Canada to the fullest extent possible.
(4) The division shall:
(a) coordinate the preparation of the plan and program for disaster and emergency services with the political subdivisions of this state;
(b) coordinate disaster and emergency prevention and preparation activities of all departments, agencies, and organizations within the state;
(c) advise and assist the political subdivisions of this state in executing their disaster and emergency services responsibilities;
(d) make recommendations on the formation of interjurisdictional disaster and emergency services areas when individual political subdivisions are unable to fully and adequately mount an effective local program because of limitations of funding, personnel, or other reasons;
(e) make surveys of industries, resources, and facilities within the state, both public and private, as are necessary to carry out the purposes of parts 1 through 4 of this chapter;
(f) periodically review local and interjurisdictional plans and programs for disaster and emergency services;
(g) develop or assist in the development of mutual aid plans and agreements between the federal government, other states, tribal governments, and Canada and among the political subdivisions of this state;
(h) plan and make arrangements for the availability and use of any private facilities, services, and property and, if necessary and if in fact used, provide for payment for use under terms and conditions agreed upon;
(i) institute training and public information programs and take all other preparatory steps, including the partial or full mobilization of disaster and emergency services organizations in advance of an actual incident, emergency, or disaster, to ensure the availability of adequately trained and equipped personnel in time of an incident, emergency, or disaster;
(j) direct emergency response and disaster preparation activities as authorized by the governor;
(k) direct disaster response and recovery activities as authorized by the governor;
(l) prepare, for issuance by the governor, executive orders or proclamations as necessary or appropriate in coping with incidents, emergencies, and disasters;
(m) maintain liaison with and cooperate with disaster and emergency services agencies and organizations of the federal government, other states, and Canada in achieving any purpose of parts 1 through 4 of this chapter and in implementing programs for disaster prevention, preparation, response, and recovery; and
(n) assign a committee to create a manual of emergency preparedness that outlines the priorities and duties for nontraditional emergency responders, including but not limited to hospitals, gas stations, grocery stores, banks, pharmacies, and utilities; and
(n)(o) assume any additional authority, duties, and responsibilities authorized by parts 1 through 4 of this chapter as may be prescribed by the governor."
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