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Page 1 of 2 39A.010 Legislative intent -- Necessity. The General Assembly realizes the Commonwealth is subject at all times to disaster or <br>emergency occurrences which can range from crises affecting limited areas to widespread <br>catastrophic events, and that response to these occurrences is a fundamental responsibility <br>of elected government in the Commonwealth. It is the intent of the General Assembly to <br>establish and to support a statewide comprehensive emergency management program for <br>the Commonwealth, and through it an integrated emergency management system, in order <br>to provide for adequate assessment and mitigation of, preparation for, response to, and <br>recovery from, the threats to public safety and the harmful effects or destruction resulting <br>from all major hazards, including but not limited to: flood, flash flood, tornado, blizzard, <br>ice storm, snow storm, wind storm, hail storm, or other severe storms; drought, extremes <br>of temperature, earthquake, landslides, or other natural hazards; fire, forest fire, or other <br>conflagration; enemy attack, threats to public safety and health involving nuclear, <br>chemical, or biological agents or weapons; sabotage, riot, civil disorder or acts of <br>terrorism, and other domestic or national security emergencies; explosion, power failure <br>or energy shortages, major utility system failure, dam failure, building collapse, other <br>infrastructure failures; transportation-related emergencies on, over, or through the <br>highways, railways, air, land, and waters in the Commonwealth; emergencies caused by <br>spill or release of hazardous materials or substances; mass-casualty or mass-fatality <br>emergencies; other technological, biological, etiological, radiological, environmental, <br>industrial, or agricultural hazards; or other disaster or emergency occurrences; or <br>catastrophe; or other causes; and the potential, threatened, or impending occurrence of <br>any of these events; and in order to protect life and property of the people of the <br>Commonwealth, and to protect public peace, health, safety, and welfare, and the <br>environment; and in order to ensure the continuity and effectiveness of government in <br>time of emergency, disaster, or catastrophe in the Commonwealth, it is hereby declared to <br>be necessary: <br>(1) To create a Division of Emergency Management as the emergency management agency of state government and to authorize the creation of local emergency <br>management agencies in the cities, counties, and urban-county or charter county <br>governments of the Commonwealth; (2) To confer upon the Governor, the county judges/executive of the counties, the mayors of the cities and urban-county governments of the Commonwealth, and the <br>chief executive of other local governments the emergency powers provided in KRS <br>Chapters 39A to 39F; (3) To establish provisions for mutual aid among the cities, counties, and urban-county or charter county governments of the Commonwealth, with other states, and with <br>the federal government with respect to the performance of disaster and emergency <br>preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation functions; and (4) To authorize the establishment of a statewide comprehensive emergency management program and integrated emergency management system, the <br>promulgation of orders or administrative regulations, and the taking of other steps <br>necessary and appropriate to carry out the provisions of KRS Chapters 39A to 39F. Effective: July 15, 1998 Page 2 of 2 History: Created 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 226, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1998.