The Vermont Statutes Online
INTERNAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY
EO20-48. (No. 04-13) [Governor's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council
WHEREAS, the tragic events of September 11, 2001, will
exist forever in the hearts and memories of our nation; and
federal, state, and local governments reacted quickly with tighter security and
additional resources; the military boosted readiness and training; first
responders expanded training and coordinated communications; law enforcement
augmented protection in the State and along the borders; emergency managers
developed new plans to address new threats; and public health officials and
organizations improved and broadened education on bio-terrorism and family
devastation of Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011, demonstrated that natural
disasters also present a strong threat to Vermont;
WHEREAS, it is
the policy of this state, as set forth in 20 V.S.A. § 1, that the Governor
coordinate, to the maximum extent, the protection of the public health and
safety as threats remain compelling; and
attain the greatest benefit of this protection, it is imperative that there be
improved coordination and communication between federal, state, and local
governments, the Vermont National Guard, first responders, law enforcement,
emergency managers, public health officials, and private community
key groups should remain in regular contact with the Governor and provide
advice and counsel on approaches to strengthen and improve our homeland
BE IT RESOLVED that I, Peter Shumlin, by virtue of the authority vested in me
as the Governor of the State of Vermont, do hereby order and direct that:
"Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Council" is renamed the
"Governor's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council" and is
reconstituted as set forth below.
shall include members from the following communities, appointed by the
Governor: volunteer firefighters; EMTs; professional firefighters; career fire
chiefs; Vermont State Police; municipal police; sheriffs; federal government;
municipal government; private community organizations; the Vermont utility
industry; and health care workers, including representatives from Vermont's hospitals.
shall include the following members or their designees: The Adjutant General;
Director of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security;
Secretary of Administration; Speaker of the House; Lieutenant Governor, and a
member of the Senate appointed by the Committee on Committees.
The Secretary of
Civil and Military Affairs, the Commissioner of Health, the Commissioner of
Public Safety, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Transportation,
the Commissioner of Information and Innovation and the E-911 Director shall be ex officio members of the Council.
The Governor may
request participation of other public or private persons, including agency or
department heads, the Attorney General, and the State's Attorneys as needs
shall appoint the Chair of the Council.
The mission of
the Council shall be to assess the State's overall homeland security
preparedness, policies, and communications and to advise on strategies to
improve our current system.
Council shall carefully consider the interdependencies between federal, state,
and local governments, the Vermont National Guard, first responders, law
enforcement, emergency managers, public health officials, and private community
organizations and the programs these groups administer and advise on strategies
to strengthen and bolster those relationships. The Council shall be mindful of
available financial resources and advise on strategies that are consistent with
existing fiscal realities.
shall meet at the call of the Chair and shall advise the Governor as needed on
the State's overall homeland security preparedness, policies, and
and staff support shall be provided by the Department of Public Safety.
Order shall take effect upon signing and shall expire on July 15, 2019.
Order supersedes and replaces Executive Order # 01-03 (codified as No. 20-29).
Dated April 4,