Florida Senate - 2018                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 1006
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, Space, and
       Domestic Security (Montford) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (i) of subsection (2) of
    6  section 252.35, Florida Statutes, are amended, present paragraph
    7  (y) of that subsection is redesignated as paragraph (z), and a
    8  new paragraph (y) is added to that subsection, to read:
    9         252.35 Emergency management powers; Division of Emergency
   10  Management.—
   11         (2) The division is responsible for carrying out the
   12  provisions of ss. 252.31-252.90. In performing its duties, the
   13  division shall:
   14         (a) Prepare a state comprehensive emergency management
   15  plan, which shall be integrated into and coordinated with the
   16  emergency management plans and programs of the Federal
   17  Government. The division must adopt the plan as a rule in
   18  accordance with chapter 120. The plan shall be implemented by a
   19  continuous, integrated comprehensive emergency management
   20  program. The plan must contain provisions to ensure that the
   21  state is prepared for emergencies and minor, major, and
   22  catastrophic disasters, and the division shall work closely with
   23  local governments and agencies and organizations with emergency
   24  management responsibilities in preparing and maintaining the
   25  plan. The state comprehensive emergency management plan shall be
   26  operations oriented and:
   27         1. Include an evacuation component that includes specific
   28  regional and interregional planning provisions and promotes
   29  intergovernmental coordination of evacuation activities. This
   30  component must, at a minimum: contain guidelines for lifting
   31  tolls on state highways; ensure coordination pertaining to
   32  evacuees crossing county lines; set forth procedures for
   33  directing people caught on evacuation routes to safe shelter;
   34  establish strategies for ensuring sufficient, reasonably priced
   35  fueling locations along evacuation routes; and establish
   36  policies and strategies for emergency medical evacuations.
   37         2. Include a shelter component that includes specific
   38  regional and interregional planning provisions and promotes
   39  coordination of shelter activities between the public, private,
   40  and nonprofit sectors. This component must, at a minimum:
   41  contain strategies to ensure the availability of adequate public
   42  shelter space in each region of the state; establish strategies
   43  for refuge-of-last-resort programs; provide strategies to assist
   44  local emergency management efforts to ensure that adequate
   45  staffing plans exist for all shelters, including medical and
   46  security personnel; provide for a postdisaster communications
   47  system for public shelters; establish model shelter guidelines
   48  for operations, registration, inventory, power generation
   49  capability, information management, and staffing; and set forth
   50  policy guidance for sheltering people with special needs or
   51  mental illness and individuals experiencing homelessness.
   52         3. Include a postdisaster response and recovery component
   53  that includes specific regional and interregional planning
   54  provisions and promotes intergovernmental coordination of
   55  postdisaster response and recovery activities. This component
   56  must provide for postdisaster response and recovery strategies
   57  according to whether a disaster is minor, major, or
   58  catastrophic. The postdisaster response and recovery component
   59  must, at a minimum: establish the structure of the state’s
   60  postdisaster response and recovery organization; establish
   61  procedures for activating the state’s plan; set forth policies
   62  used to guide postdisaster response and recovery activities;
   63  describe the chain of command during the postdisaster response
   64  and recovery period; describe initial and continuous
   65  postdisaster response and recovery actions; identify the roles
   66  and responsibilities of each involved agency and organization;
   67  provide for a comprehensive communications plan; establish
   68  procedures for monitoring mutual aid agreements; provide for
   69  rapid impact assessment teams; ensure the availability of an
   70  effective statewide urban search and rescue program coordinated
   71  with the fire services; ensure the existence of a comprehensive
   72  statewide medical care and relief plan administered by the
   73  Department of Health; and establish systems for coordinating
   74  volunteers and accepting and distributing donated funds and
   75  goods.
   76         4. Include additional provisions addressing aspects of
   77  preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation as determined
   78  necessary by the division.
   79         5. Address the need for coordinated and expeditious
   80  deployment of state resources, including the Florida National
   81  Guard. In the case of an imminent major disaster, procedures
   82  should address predeployment of the Florida National Guard, and,
   83  in the case of an imminent catastrophic disaster, procedures
   84  should address predeployment of the Florida National Guard and
   85  the United States Armed Forces.
   86         6. Establish a system of communications and warning to
   87  ensure that the state’s population and emergency management
   88  agencies are warned of developing emergency situations and can
   89  communicate emergency response decisions.
   90         7. Establish guidelines and schedules for annual exercises
   91  that evaluate the ability of the state and its political
   92  subdivisions to respond to minor, major, and catastrophic
   93  disasters and support local emergency management agencies. Such
   94  exercises shall be coordinated with local governments and, to
   95  the extent possible, the Federal Government.
   96         8. Assign lead and support responsibilities to state
   97  agencies and personnel for emergency support functions and other
   98  support activities.
  100  The complete state comprehensive emergency management plan shall
  101  be submitted to the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the
  102  House of Representatives, and the Governor on February 1 of
  103  every even-numbered year.
  104         (i) Institute statewide public awareness programs. This
  105  shall include an intensive public educational campaign on
  106  emergency preparedness issues, including, but not limited to,
  107  the personal responsibility of individual citizens to be self
  108  sufficient for up to 72 hours following a natural or manmade
  109  disaster. The public educational campaign shall include relevant
  110  information on statewide disaster plans, evacuation routes, fuel
  111  suppliers, and shelters. Information on shelters must address
  112  the different types of shelters available, such as special needs
  113  shelters and shelters that accept individuals with service
  114  animals or pets. All educational materials must be available in
  115  alternative formats and mediums to ensure that they are
  116  available to persons with disabilities.
  117         (y) Deploy public or private resources to provide guidance
  118  regarding procedures and required documentation to any entity
  119  entitled to receive reimbursements for disaster-related
  120  expenditures from the Federal Emergency Management Agency in
  121  order to ensure that such entities receive the maximum allowable
  122  reimbursements.
  123         Section 2. Section 252.3551, Florida Statutes, is created
  124  to read:
  125         252.3551 Registry for homeless shelters and service
  126  providers.—The division, in coordination with each local
  127  emergency management agency in the state, shall establish and
  128  maintain a registry with each homeless shelter and homeless
  129  service provider in the state. The purpose of the registry is to
  130  help determine the number of individuals experiencing
  131  homelessness who may need assistance or shelter during an
  132  evacuation.
  133         Section 3. Section 252.3568, Florida Statutes, is amended
  134  to read:
  135         252.3568 Emergency sheltering of persons with service
  136  animals or pets.—
  137         (1) In accordance with s. 252.35, the division shall
  138  address strategies for the evacuation and sheltering of persons
  139  with service animals or pets in the shelter component of the
  140  state comprehensive emergency management plan and shall include
  141  the requirement for similar strategies in its standards and
  142  requirements for local comprehensive emergency management plans.
  143  The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall assist
  144  the division in determining strategies regarding this activity.
  145         (2) The division shall publish information on its website
  146  regarding policies governing the acceptance of service animals
  147  or pets at shelters.
  148         Section 4. Paragraph (d) of subsection (1) of section
  149  252.38, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  150         252.38 Emergency management powers of political
  151  subdivisions.—Safeguarding the life and property of its citizens
  152  is an innate responsibility of the governing body of each
  153  political subdivision of the state.
  154         (1) COUNTIES.—
  155         (d) During a declared state or local emergency and upon the
  156  request of the director of a local emergency management agency,
  157  the district school board or school boards, Florida College
  158  System institutions, and state universities in the affected area
  159  shall participate in emergency management by providing
  160  facilities and necessary personnel to staff such facilities.
  161  Each school board, Florida College System institution, and state
  162  university providing transportation assistance in an emergency
  163  evacuation shall coordinate the use of its vehicles and
  164  personnel with the local emergency management agency.
  165         Section 5. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) and paragraph
  166  (a) of subsection (4) of section 252.385, Florida Statutes, are
  167  amended to read:
  168         252.385 Public shelter space.—
  169         (2)(a) The division shall administer a program to survey
  170  existing schools, state universities, Florida College System
  171  institutions community colleges, and other state-owned,
  172  municipally owned, and county-owned public buildings and any
  173  private facility that the owner, in writing, agrees to provide
  174  for use as a public hurricane evacuation shelter to identify
  175  those that are appropriately designed and located to serve as
  176  such shelters. The owners of the facilities must be given the
  177  opportunity to participate in the surveys. The state university
  178  boards of trustees, district school boards, Florida College
  179  System institution community college boards of trustees, and the
  180  Department of Education are responsible for coordinating and
  181  implementing the survey of public schools, state universities,
  182  and Florida College System institutions community colleges with
  183  the division or the local emergency management agency.
  184         (4)(a) Public facilities, including schools, postsecondary
  185  education facilities, and other facilities owned or leased by
  186  the state or local governments, but excluding hospitals, hospice
  187  care facilities, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes,
  188  which are suitable for use as public hurricane evacuation
  189  shelters shall be made available at the request of the local
  190  emergency management agencies. The local emergency management
  191  agency shall coordinate with these entities to ensure that
  192  designated facilities are ready to activate prior to a specific
  193  hurricane or disaster. Such agencies shall coordinate with the
  194  appropriate school board, state university, Florida College
  195  System institution community college, state agency, or local
  196  governing board when requesting the use of such facilities as
  197  public hurricane evacuation shelters.
  198         Section 6. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.
  200  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
  201  And the title is amended as follows:
  202         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  203  and insert:
  204                        A bill to be entitled                      
  205         An act relating to disaster response and preparedness;
  206         amending s. 252.35, F.S.; modifying requirements for
  207         the state comprehensive emergency management plan and
  208         statewide public awareness programs administered by
  209         the Division of Emergency Management; requiring the
  210         division to deploy resources to provide certain
  211         guidance to entities to ensure the receipt of maximum
  212         allowable reimbursements from the Federal Government
  213         for disaster-related expenditures; creating s.
  214         252.3551, F.S.; requiring the division to establish
  215         and maintain a registry with homeless shelters and
  216         service providers for specified purposes; amending s.
  217         252.3568, F.S.; revising requirements for the
  218         development of strategies regarding the sheltering of
  219         persons with service animals; requiring the division
  220         to publish information on its website regarding
  221         policies on the acceptance of service animals or pets
  222         at shelters; amending s. 252.38, F.S.; requiring that,
  223         upon the request of the director of a local emergency
  224         management agency, Florida College System institutions
  225         and state universities participate in emergency
  226         management activities through the provision of
  227         facilities and personnel; requiring Florida College
  228         System institutions and state universities that
  229         provide transportation assistance in an emergency
  230         evacuation to coordinate the use of vehicles and
  231         personnel with local emergency management agencies;
  232         amending s. 252.385, F.S.; updating references to
  233         community colleges; providing an effective date.