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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: March 19, 2020 10:55 PM
From: Representative Francis X. Ryan
To: All House members
Subject: LEGISLATION: ESTABLISH AN INTRA-GOVERNMENTAL CONTINUITY OPERATION CENTER WITHIN PEMA
 
The Covid-19 crisis has highlighted holes in Pennsylvania's emergency management processes. These holes can lead to bottlenecks in funding, logistics, emergency response, food, water, sanitation and much more.
To avoid mismanagement of future crises, I plan on introducing legislation that will establish an intra-governmental continuity operation center within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. This center would be comprised of members of the majority and minority parties of the House and Senate as well as representatives of the Judiciary, Treasurer’s Office, the Attorney General‘s Office, and the Auditor General‘s office and members of the Governor‘s Administration as the Governor would deem necessary for the contingency.
This fusion cell would be responsible for tasks such as:
  1. Establishing requirements for emergency funding;
  2. Determining legislative requirements where appropriate on an expedited basis;
  3. Serving as a coordinated information source for dissemination of emergency information;
  4. Removing judicial barriers where appropriate to emergency measures;
  5. Helping to establish calm responses to the population for the minimization of civil disobedience and unrest;
  6. Ensuring bottlenecks in logistics, emergency response, food, water, sanitation are removed;
  7. Providing for unified coordinated responses with federal and local authorities; and
  8. Much more.
In times such as this, it is imperative that we have a unified and cohesive response to the trials and tribulations associated with an emergency. My legislation will ensure the continuity of government that we desperately need. I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.