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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 15, 2017 11:56 AM
From: Senator Randy Vulakovich and Sen. Jay Costa
To: All Senate members
Subject: Emergency Management Code Rewrite
In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation rewriting the Emergency Management Sections of Title 35 (Health & Safety) and enhancing Pennsylvania’s ability to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and manmade disasters.

Title 35 has not been updated since 1996, although our emergency response network has improved dramatically over the past 20 years. This legislation will incorporate recent modifications to our emergency response network, 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 Title 35, Pennsylvania law will formally acknowledge the Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Forces; improve the coordination of disaster preparedness and emergency management endeavors; along with other changes designed to keep pace with technology and newly emerging global threats. Attached is a summary of the legislation.

This legislation is the product of the PA Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) discussion with stakeholders, including the County Emergency Management Directors, Keystone Emergency Management Association, and Regional Task Forces.

Please join us in cosponsoring this important legislation.

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Introduced as SB1019