TO MAKE VARIOUS CHANGES TO THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT STATUTES; AND TO ESTABLISH THE JOINT LEGISLATIVE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE.
Under current law, disasters in the state are classified as Type I, II, or III. Amends GS 166A-6 to extend the expiration dates for Type I, II, and III disaster declarations. Provides that the expiration of a Type II or III disaster does not affect the state’s obligations under federal-state agreements entered into prior to the expiration of the disaster declaration.
Amends GS 166A-15 to clarify that no private liability attaches to a person, firm, or corporation, as well as any successors in interest, who allows the designation of any part, parts, or whole of personal or real property for activities or functions relating to emergency management as provided for in GS Chapter 166A or elsewhere in the General Statutes.
Adds new subdivision (11) to GS 166A-4 to define State Emergency Response Team. Makes a conforming change to GS 166A-5(3)a.
Amends GS 166A-5(3) to include coordination with the Commissioner of Agriculture, or the Commissioner’s designee, to revise or amend the NC Emergency Operations Plan regarding agricultural matters to the functions of the state emergency management program.
Adds new Article 12Q to GS Chapter 120 to establish the 12-member Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee (Committee). Provides for the appointment of six members of the Senate by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and six members of the House of Representatives by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Designates term lengths and service requirements, and provides for the filling of a vacancy. Specifies the purpose and powers of the Committee, directing the Committee to examine on a continuing basis issues related to emergency management in North Carolina and make ongoing recommendations to the General Assembly regarding emergency management in the state. Provides that the Committee may make interim reports to the General Assembly and those reports may contain any legislation needed to implement a recommendation from the Committee. Provides criteria for the organization of the Committee.