35-192. Authorization for declaration of disaster; authorization for liabilities and expenses; priorities and limitations; review and report of expenditures
A. The governor may declare an emergency arising from major disasters as provided in this section and incur liabilities therefor, regardless of whether or not the legislature is in session.
B. When the governor, or the director of the division of emergency management in the department of emergency and military affairs pursuant to section 26-303, subsection H, determines that a contingency or disaster so justifies, and declares an emergency, specific liabilities and expenses provided for in this section are authorized to be incurred against and to be paid as claims against the state from unrestricted monies from the general fund to mitigate and meet contingencies and emergencies arising from:
1. Invasions, hostile attacks, riots or insurrections.
2. Epidemics of disease or plagues of insects.
3. Floods or floodwaters.
4. Acts of God or any major disaster.
5. Wildland fires, but only after all necessary authorizations under section 37-623.02 are exhausted.
C. When authorized by the governor, specific liabilities and expenses provided for in this section may be incurred against and may be paid as claims against the state from unrestricted monies from the general fund to meet contingencies and emergencies arising from incidents relating to hazardous materials as defined in section 26-301 and search or rescue operations conducted pursuant to section 11-251.02, section 11-441, subsection C or section 26-306 subject to the limitations provided in section 35-192.01. Within ninety days after monies are awarded under this section, the department of emergency and military affairs shall post in a prominent location on the department's official website the amount of monies awarded under this section, who received the monies and how the monies were spent.
D. Liabilities and expenses authorized under subsection B of this section may be incurred for any of the emergencies or contingencies prescribed in subsection B of this section in the following order of priority:
1. Reimbursement for expenses incurred to combat a menace to the health, lives or property of any considerable number of persons of the state, or to property of the state or its political subdivisions.
2. Reimbursement for expenses incurred to repair damage to any property of the state.
3. Reimbursement for expenses incurred to repair damage to any property of the political subdivisions of the state.
4. Reimbursement for expenses incurred in search or rescue operations.
5. Reimbursement for expenses incurred in emergency or disaster recovery activities or in matching federal disaster recovery programs.
6. Reimbursement for expenses for property loss mitigation measures or to match federal property loss mitigation programs.
E. The auditor of the department of emergency and military affairs shall review liabilities incurred and expenditures made under this section and report to the state emergency council at ninety-day intervals during the emergency and conduct a final review of each emergency within ninety days after the termination of the emergency. The state emergency council shall make a written report not later than September 1 of each year to the legislature of the actions of the state emergency council during the preceding fiscal year, including an itemized statement of expenditures for each emergency during the year. The department of emergency and military affairs shall post the report in a prominent location on the department's official website.
F. All liabilities incurred under this section shall be subject to the following limitations:
1. No liability shall be incurred against the monies authorized without the approval of the governor, or the adjutant general pursuant to section 26-303, subsection H, for each contingency or emergency.
2. Incurring of liabilities in excess of two hundred thousand dollars in any single disaster or emergency shall not be made without consent of a majority of the members of the state emergency council.
3. The aggregate amount of all liabilities incurred under this section shall not exceed four million dollars for any fiscal year beginning July 1 through June 30. Monies authorized for disasters and emergencies in prior fiscal years may be used in subsequent fiscal years only for the disaster or emergency for which they were authorized. Monies authorized for disasters and emergencies in prior fiscal years, and expended in subsequent fiscal years for the disaster or emergency for which they were authorized, apply toward the four million dollar liability limit for the fiscal year in which they were authorized.
4. Notwithstanding the limitations in paragraph 3 of this subsection, monies that were previously obligated but not used for a declared emergency or disaster may be reallocated to an outstanding obligation for another declared emergency or disaster and shall remain available for expenditure for the outstanding obligation. The reallocation of monies pursuant to this paragraph does not apply toward the four million dollar liability limit of the fiscal year to which the monies were reallocated or in which the monies are spent.
5. An obligation of monies under this section may be made only when one or more of the following conditions exist:
(a) No appropriation or other authorization is available to meet the contingency or emergency.
(b) An appropriation is insufficient to meet the contingency or emergency.
(c) Federal monies available for such contingency or emergency require the use of state or other public monies.
G. The director of the division of emergency management in the department of emergency and military affairs shall develop rules for administering the monies authorized for liabilities under this section, subject to approval by the governor.Section: Previous 35-185.02 35-186 35-187 35-188 35-189 35-190 35-191 35-192 35-192.01 35-192.02 35-193 35-193.02 35-196 35-196.01 35-196.02 Next
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