Department of Emergency Management; responsibilities of political subdivisions; provision of emergency preparedness information to individuals with limited English proficiency, disabilities, or other special needs.
Directs the Department of Emergency Management (the Department) to ensure that the model school crisis and emergency management plan developed by the Board of Education in consultation with the Department is designed to include and reach individuals with limited English proficiency, disabilities, and other special needs. The bill also directs
the Department to develop an emergency response plan to (i) address the needs of such individuals in the event of a disaster, including the provision of competent interpretation services and translated documents, and (ii) assist and coordinate with local agencies in developing similar emergency response plans for such individuals. The bill requires that every local and interjurisdictional emergency management agency include in its emergency operations plan provisions to ensure that adequate and timely emergency relief assistance, including competent interpretation services and translated documents, is provided to such individuals. The bill requires the governing body of each locality that is required to establish an alert and warning plan to ensure that such plan provides adequate and timely warnings for such individuals. The bill contains technical amendments.