§EO20-48. (No. 04-13) [Governor's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council

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Title

03APPENDIX

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Executive Orders






Chapter

020

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INTERNAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY











 

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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

WHEREAS,

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

safety; and

WHEREAS, the

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

WHEREAS, to

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

organizations; and

WHEREAS, these

key groups should remain in regular contact with the Governor and provide

advice and counsel on approaches to strengthen and improve our homeland

security preparedness.

NOW, THEREFORE,

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:

The

"Governor's Homeland Security Advisory Council" is renamed the

"Governor's Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council" and is

reconstituted as set forth below.

I. Composition

and Appointments

The Council

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.

The Council

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

dictate.

The Governor

shall appoint the Chair of the Council.

II. Charge

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.

Further, the

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.

III. Council

Process

The Council

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

communications.

Administrative

and staff support shall be provided by the Department of Public Safety.

IV. Effective

Date

This Executive

Order shall take effect upon signing and shall expire on July 15, 2019.

This Executive

Order supersedes and replaces Executive Order # 01-03 (codified as No. 20-29).

Dated April 4,

2013.
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