The Military Department administers the state's comprehensive emergency management program. The Adjutant General is responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive, all-hazard emergency plan for the state that includes an analysis of natural, technological, or human-caused hazards and procedures to coordinate state and local resources in responding to such hazards.
The Emergency Management Division (EMD) within the Military Department must develop and administer a disaster resilience program. The program should include:
Before July 1, 2025, the EMD must provide a report to the Governor and the appropriate committees of the Legislature on the overall progress of disaster resilience efforts for the hazards and issues where there is not another lead agency for coordinating resilience activities. Other agencies with responsibilities for resilience activities are encouraged to include an update on their efforts and any associated policy recommendations as an appendix to the report.
"Resilience" is defined as the ability to prepare, mitigate, plan for, withstand, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events and changing conditions, and reorganize in an equitable manner that results in a new and better condition.
"Disaster resilience" is defined as resilience within the critical infrastructure sectors of emergency services, communications, critical government facilities, transportation, critical manufacturing, commercial facilities, chemical manufacturing and distribution, water and wastewater treatment, and dams, excluding power generation.
July 23, 2023