Florida Senate - 2011 CS for SB 450 By the Committee on Military Affairs, Space, and Domestic Security; and Senator Bennett 583-02366-11 2011450c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to emergency management; creating s. 3 252.515, F.S.; providing a short title; providing 4 immunity from civil liability for providers of 5 temporary housing and aid to emergency first 6 responders and their immediate family members 7 following a declared emergency; providing definitions; 8 providing nonapplicability; authorizing specified 9 registration with a county emergency management agency 10 as a provider of housing and aid for emergency first 11 responders; providing an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 252.515, Florida Statutes, is created to 16 read: 17 252.515 Postdisaster Relief Assistance Act; immunity from 18 civil liability.— 19 (1) This section may be cited as the “Postdisaster Relief 20 Assistance Act.” 21 (2) Any person who gratuitously and in good faith provides 22 temporary housing, food, water, or electricity to emergency 23 first responders or the immediate family members of emergency 24 first responders in response to an emergency situation related 25 to and arising out of a public health emergency declared 26 pursuant to s. 381.00315 or a state of emergency declared 27 pursuant to s. 252.36 may not be held liable for any civil 28 damages as a result of providing the temporary housing, food, 29 water, or electricity unless the person acts in a manner that 30 demonstrates a reckless disregard for the consequences of 31 another. 32 (3) As used in this section, the term: 33 (a) “Emergency first responder” means: 34 1. A physician licensed under chapter 458. 35 2. An osteopathic physician licensed under chapter 459. 36 3. A chiropractic physician licensed under chapter 460. 37 4. A podiatric physician licensed under chapter 461. 38 5. A dentist licensed under chapter 466. 39 6. An advanced registered nurse practitioner certified 40 under s. 464.012. 41 7. A physician assistant licensed under s. 458.347 or s. 42 459.022. 43 8. A worker employed by a public or private hospital in the 44 state. 45 9. A paramedic as defined in s. 401.23(17). 46 10. An emergency medical technician as defined in s. 47 401.23(11). 48 11. A firefighter as defined in s. 633.30. 49 12. A law enforcement officer as defined in s. 943.10. 50 13. A member of the Florida National Guard. 51 14. Any other personnel designated as emergency personnel 52 by the Governor pursuant to a declared emergency. 53 (b) “Immediate family member” means any parent, spouse, 54 child, or sibling. 55 (4) The immunity provided by this section does not apply to 56 damages as a result of any act or omission: 57 (a) That occurs more than 6 months after the declaration of 58 an emergency by the Governor, unless the declared state of 59 emergency is extended by the Governor, in which case the 60 immunity provided by this section continues to apply for the 61 duration of the extension and 6 months thereafter; or 62 (b) That is unrelated to the original declared emergency or 63 any extension thereof. 64 (5) As used in this section, the term “reckless disregard” 65 means conduct that a reasonable person knew or should have known 66 at the time such services were provided would likely result in 67 injury so as to affect the life or health of another, taking 68 into account the extent or serious nature of the prevailing 69 circumstances. 70 (6) A person may register with a county emergency 71 management agency as a temporary provider of housing, food, 72 water, or electricity for emergency first responders if the 73 county provides for such registration. A person who has 74 registered with a county emergency management agency as a 75 provider of temporary housing, food, water, or electricity to 76 emergency first responders or the immediate family members of 77 emergency first responders is presumed to have acted in good 78 faith in providing such housing, food, water, or electricity. 79 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.