|Posted:||December 3, 2014 03:06 PM|
|From:||Senator Lisa Baker|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Updating the Emergency Management Section of Title 35|
Please join me in co-sponsoring comprehensive legislation to update the Emergency Management Services section of Title 35 (Health and Safety) to enhance Pennsylvania’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters.
This pivotal law has not been modernized since 1996, although our emergency response network has improved dramatically over the past 20 years. My bill will allow Pennsylvania’s law to incorporate recent modifications to our emergency response network at the federal, state and local levels, reflecting the lessons learned from September 11, 2001; Hurricanes Katrina, Irene, and Sandy; the Valentine’s Day snowstorm; and other natural and manmade disasters.
By overhauling this section of Title 35, Pennsylvania law will formally acknowledge in statute the formation and role of the federal and state Offices of Homeland Security, the Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Forces, and numerous other changes designed to keep pace with technology and newly emerging global threats. The law will also improve the coordination of disaster preparedness and emergency management endeavors.
This legislation is the product of years of negotiation among numerous stakeholders, including the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP), the Keystone Emergency Management Association (KEMA), the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP), the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), and first responders. It has been the subject of hearings by both the Senate and House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees.
In detail, my bill, which was Senate Bill 35 of last session, would accomplish the following changes:
Thank you for considering this important legislation.
Introduced as SB35