Florida Senate - 2018 SB 1466 By Senator Farmer 34-01322-18 20181466__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the state emergency communications 3 and warning system; amending s. 252.35, F.S.; 4 requiring the Division of Emergency Management to 5 include a qualified interpreter in certain emergency 6 broadcasts; defining the term “qualified interpreter”; 7 providing an effective date. 8 9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 10 11 Section 1. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 12 252.35, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 13 252.35 Emergency management powers; Division of Emergency 14 Management.— 15 (2) The division is responsible for carrying out the 16 provisions of ss. 252.31-252.90. In performing its duties, the 17 division shall: 18 (a) Prepare a state comprehensive emergency management 19 plan, which shall be integrated into and coordinated with the 20 emergency management plans and programs of the Federal 21 Government. The division must adopt the plan as a rule in 22 accordance with chapter 120. The plan shall be implemented by a 23 continuous, integrated comprehensive emergency management 24 program. The plan must contain provisions to ensure that the 25 state is prepared for emergencies and minor, major, and 26 catastrophic disasters, and the division shall work closely with 27 local governments and agencies and organizations with emergency 28 management responsibilities in preparing and maintaining the 29 plan. The state comprehensive emergency management plan shall be 30 operations oriented and: 31 1. Include an evacuation component that includes specific 32 regional and interregional planning provisions and promotes 33 intergovernmental coordination of evacuation activities. This 34 component must, at a minimum: contain guidelines for lifting 35 tolls on state highways; ensure coordination pertaining to 36 evacuees crossing county lines; set forth procedures for 37 directing people caught on evacuation routes to safe shelter; 38 establish strategies for ensuring sufficient, reasonably priced 39 fueling locations along evacuation routes; and establish 40 policies and strategies for emergency medical evacuations. 41 2. Include a shelter component that includes specific 42 regional and interregional planning provisions and promotes 43 coordination of shelter activities between the public, private, 44 and nonprofit sectors. This component must, at a minimum: 45 contain strategies to ensure the availability of adequate public 46 shelter space in each region of the state; establish strategies 47 for refuge-of-last-resort programs; provide strategies to assist 48 local emergency management efforts to ensure that adequate 49 staffing plans exist for all shelters, including medical and 50 security personnel; provide for a postdisaster communications 51 system for public shelters; establish model shelter guidelines 52 for operations, registration, inventory, power generation 53 capability, information management, and staffing; and set forth 54 policy guidance for sheltering people with special needs. 55 3. Include a postdisaster response and recovery component 56 that includes specific regional and interregional planning 57 provisions and promotes intergovernmental coordination of 58 postdisaster response and recovery activities. This component 59 must provide for postdisaster response and recovery strategies 60 according to whether a disaster is minor, major, or 61 catastrophic. The postdisaster response and recovery component 62 must, at a minimum: establish the structure of the state’s 63 postdisaster response and recovery organization; establish 64 procedures for activating the state’s plan; set forth policies 65 used to guide postdisaster response and recovery activities; 66 describe the chain of command during the postdisaster response 67 and recovery period; describe initial and continuous 68 postdisaster response and recovery actions; identify the roles 69 and responsibilities of each involved agency and organization; 70 provide for a comprehensive communications plan; establish 71 procedures for monitoring mutual aid agreements; provide for 72 rapid impact assessment teams; ensure the availability of an 73 effective statewide urban search and rescue program coordinated 74 with the fire services; ensure the existence of a comprehensive 75 statewide medical care and relief plan administered by the 76 Department of Health; and establish systems for coordinating 77 volunteers and accepting and distributing donated funds and 78 goods. 79 4. Include additional provisions addressing aspects of 80 preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation as determined 81 necessary by the division. 82 5. Address the need for coordinated and expeditious 83 deployment of state resources, including the Florida National 84 Guard. In the case of an imminent major disaster, procedures 85 should address predeployment of the Florida National Guard, and, 86 in the case of an imminent catastrophic disaster, procedures 87 should address predeployment of the Florida National Guard and 88 the United States Armed Forces. 89 6. Establish a system of communications and warning to 90 ensure that the state’s population and emergency management 91 agencies are warned of developing emergency situations and can 92 communicate emergency response decisions. Such system shall 93 require that a qualified interpreter is included in any 94 televised broadcast of a developing weather emergency. As used 95 in this subparagraph, the term “qualified interpreter” means a 96 person who is certified by the National Registry of Interpreters 97 for the Deaf or the Florida Registry of Interpreters for the 98 Deaf. 99 7. Establish guidelines and schedules for annual exercises 100 that evaluate the ability of the state and its political 101 subdivisions to respond to minor, major, and catastrophic 102 disasters and support local emergency management agencies. Such 103 exercises shall be coordinated with local governments and, to 104 the extent possible, the Federal Government. 105 8. Assign lead and support responsibilities to state 106 agencies and personnel for emergency support functions and other 107 support activities. 108 109 The complete state comprehensive emergency management plan shall 110 be submitted to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the 111 House of Representatives, and the Governor on February 1 of 112 every even-numbered year. 113 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.