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CHAPTER 58.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

ARTICLE 1.

DIVISION OF PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAMS

(Statutory Authority: 1980 Act No. 519, Section 1, Item No. 4)

58-1. Local Emergency Preparedness Standards.

A. Organization and Administration

1. Each county within the State shall establish a formal Emergency Preparedness organization. Such an organization shall be comprised of all county and municipal officials, departments, local school districts and employees located within the county jurisdiction, and may include volunteer forces enrolled to assist in the conduct of emergency operations and persons or groups who may, by agreement or operation of law, be charged with duties incident to the protection of life and property in the county during an emergency.

2. Each county within the State shall provide for the appointment of an Emergency Preparedness Director and the establishment and operation of a County Emergency Preparedness Agency, which shall be so named. The County Emergency Preparedness Agency, through the Director, shall be responsible to the County governing body, or its designated representative as appropriate under the Home Rule Legislation, for the coordination of preparedness and emergency response activities in compliance with this regulation and Regulation 58-101. Consideration should be given to the following qualifications when selecting the director:

a. Diplomatic skills;

b. Thorough understanding of local government;

c. Good political skills (without strong political involvement);

d. Managerial ability;

e. Strong communication skills;

f. Planning skills;

g. Understanding of public safety and preparedness issues and operations.

3. The County Emergency Preparedness Director shall be appointed in accordance with appropriate county personnel procedures.

4. County and municipal officials, departments, employees and local school districts shall support the development and maintenance of appropriate emergency plans and procedures, and participate in necessary preparedness activities.

5. Unless otherwise provided for in these regulations, each county shall be responsible for the conduct of emergency operations within their jurisdiction. State responsibility shall be that of providing additional resources and assistance necessary to effectively support the conduct of such operations.

6. The County Emergency Preparedness Director shall be responsible to the County governing body, or its designated representative as appropriate under "The Home Rule Act" for the coordination of the County Emergency Preparedness organization during an emergency. The coordinating responsibilities of the Director shall include, but shall not be limited to:

a. Receipt of emergency notifications and the dissemination of appropriate instructions and information to the County Emergency Preparedness organization and general public;

b. Notification of the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, regarding potential or actual emergency conditions affecting the jurisdiction;

c. Submission of reports and maintenance of records as may be required by Regulation 58-101.

d. Advising the County governing body, or its designated representative as appropriate under "The Home Rule Act", regarding appropriate response actions, and coordinating the County Emergency Preparedness organization in the conduct of operations in accordance with plans and procedures developed pursuant to this regulation, or as directed by proper authority.

7. The County Emergency Preparedness Director shall be the designated coordinating point between state and local government during an emergency other than a law enforcement emergency; as such all communications, to include requests for outside assistance as authorized by proper county authority, shall be channeled through the Director to the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, for appropriate dissemination within state government.

8. Each county within the State shall enact appropriate county legislation to provide legal authorization and support for the establishment of the County Emergency Preparedness Agency, and the organization and the conduct of necessary preparedness and emergency response activities within the county jurisdiction. Such legislation shall be consistent with applicable provisions of the Code of Laws relating to emergency preparedness and the responsibilities and authority of elected and appointed officials.

9. Nothing in these regulations is intended to transfer, or otherwise remove from elected officials the inherent responsibility for the protection of life and property within their jurisdiction.

B. County Emergency Preparedness Agency Staff Requirements

1. A County Emergency Preparedness Director should be a paid employee of the county government. Employment status of the Director, as it relates to the performance of emergency preparedness functions, shall be as follows:

a. All counties having a population of fifteen thousand or more should appoint a paid Director who shall perform emergency preparedness functions on a full-time basis;

b. All counties, regardless of population, which face the potential impact of a major hazard, should appoint a paid Director who shall perform emergency preparedness functions on a full-time basis. Major hazards that require the appointment of a full-time Director under this item shall be identified by the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, and include, but are not limited to, the direct effects of a hurricane, or an incident at a major nuclear reactor facility. Applicability of this item to a specific county shall be determined by the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, in consultation with the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs;

c. All counties having a population of less than fifteen thousand, and not affected by Item B(1)(b) above, should appoint a paid Director who shall perform emergency preparedness functions at a minimum on a one-half time basis;

d. The salary of a full-time Director should be consistent with the salary level of other county government employees within the jurisdiction who are assigned commensurate responsibility;

e. The total salary of a one-half time Director should reflect the additional responsibilities of the combined position.

2. All counties shall establish and provide for an appropriate level of full or part-time professional and clerical staff support.

3. All counties shall designate a county official, full-time employee, or volunteer, who shall be responsible to the County governing body, or its designated representative as appropriate under "The Home Rule Act", to serve as official public information spokesperson during an emergency. The function of spokesperson may be assigned as a collateral responsibility, and need not be an established full or part-time position except that the County Emergency Preparedness Director shall not be designated public information spokesperson. However, the provisions of this Item are not intended to exclude the Director from participation and support in this function.

4. Staff Training

a. County Emergency Preparedness Agency Director and professional staff training requirements, outlined in applicable sections of Federal Emergency Management Agency local preparedness program guidelines, are hereby adopted by reference.

b. In addition to the training requirements cited in Item B(4)(a) above, all County Emergency Preparedness Agency Directors and full-time professional staff personnel should participate in at least two additional training activities per program year. Training activities meeting the requirements of this item shall be selected from a list published by the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, at the beginning of each program year. The list of approved training activities may be periodically amended during the program year. A Director may request from the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, certification for a specific training activity not contained in their approved list. Should certification be granted, the activity shall be added to the approved list.

C. County Emergency Planning Requirements

1. Each county within the state shall develop a county basic emergency operations plan outlining the roles and responsibilities of the County Emergency Preparedness organization during an emergency. The county basic emergency operations plan shall be consistent with the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, and address elements which include, but are not limited to:

a. An identification of the County Emergency Preparedness organization;

b. An outline of county and municipal executive authority, responsibility and executive lines of succession;

c. A statement of county response policy, and the general concept of operations to include coordination and communication with state government;

d. Organizational assignments of county and municipal departments, and other groups by functional response area. Functional response areas shall include, but are not limited to, those outlined in Item C(2) below.

2. Each county within the State shall develop appropriate functional area support plans (annexes), outlining specific roles and responsibilities of assigned organizations identified in Item C(1)(d) above, to include the designation of the functional area coordinating agency and concept of operations. Annexes shall address response areas which include, but are not limited to:

a. Emergency Operations Center;

b. Communications;

c. Warning;

d. Public Information;

e. Law Enforcement;

f. Fire;

g. Rescue;

h. Emergency Medical Services (EMS);

i. Reserved (For Future Annex);

j. Mental Health;

k. Emergency Welfare Service (EWS);

l. Transportation;

m. Engineering and Public Works;

n. Supply and Procurement;

o. Reserved (For Future Annex);

p. Hazardous Materials;

q. Fixed Nuclear Facility (For 10-mile Emergency Planning Zone Counties);

r. Nuclear Civil Protection (Crisis Relocation and In-Place Protection);

s. Radiological Defense (War);

t. Damage Assessment.

3. Each Annex shall be supported by appropriate individual agency implementing procedures, to include at a minimum, the identification of key personnel within each assigned agency, and a resource inventory of major equipment and personnel capabilities. Such procedures need not be an integral part of the annex.

4. Each county within the State shall develop a vulnerability analysis to identify hazards that may have a potential impact on the jurisdiction. Based on such an analysis, affected counties shall develop appropriate contingency plans and implementing procedures addressing identified major hazards which include, but are not limited to:

a. Nuclear Civil Protection (Attack)

b. Nuclear Facility Incident--to be developed in accordance with appropriate federal criteria

c. Hurricane

d. Radiological and Hazardous Material Transportation Accident.

5. Where a major hazard has a potential for impact on two or more contiguous counties, county contingency plans shall be incorporated into a state inter-jurisdictional contingency plan addressing the identified hazard.

6. The county basic emergency operations plan, annexes, vulnerability analysis and, as necessary, major hazard contingency plans shall be developed in accordance with established formats and guidance as published by the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General. Counties may modify established formats to ensure effective application to specific jurisdictional conditions.

7. Each plan, annex and major hazard contingency plan developed pursuant to this Item shall be submitted by the County Emergency Preparedness Director, after appropriate local review, to the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, for review and approval in accordance with the schedule determined by the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General. (State procedures for review and approval are outlined in Regulation 58-101, Item C.)

8. Implementation of the requirements in Items C (1) through (7) shall be accomplished by September 1, 1985; and thereafter, by February 1 of the first year of each new gubernatorial term beginning in 1987.

9. Each County Emergency Preparedness Director shall provide for the annual review of all county plans, annexes, implementing procedures, and resource inventories developed pursuant to this Item, and submit appropriate revisions and certifications to the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, for review and approval.

10. The County Emergency Preparedness Director shall maintain current copies of all plans, annexes, major hazard contingency plans, implementing procedures and resource inventories required under this Item. Such documents maintained in a given county may be subject to one unannounced audit by the State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, during a three-year period. Should findings of the aforementioned audit indicate major deficiencies in meeting the emergency planning requirements of this Item, the County shall be subject to the provisions of Regulation 58-101, Item C.

11. The State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall maintain current copies of all county basic emergency operations plans, major hazard contingency plans and allied annexes in the State Emergency Operations Center.

D. Facilities and Equipment

1. Each county shall designate a suitable Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

2. Each county shall designate a central (radio) communications center, operating on a twenty-four hour basis, to support the conduct of emergency operations. Such a center shall maintain necessary capabilities for communications with the EOC, a state government agency operating on a twenty-four hour basis, and county and municipal agencies maintaining radio capabilities. Communications with the EOC and local government agencies may be accomplished by an existing capability for direct radio contact, or by a procedure utilizing commercial telephone.

3. Each county shall establish a central notification point to be operated twenty-four hours a day. This point shall be designated to receive all notifications regarding potential or actual emergency conditions affecting the county and have the capability, by physical means or procedure, to alert key county and municipal officials when emergency conditions are reported.

4. Each county shall develop a system, based on available resources, to provide for timely warning of the public, and the dissemination of instructions for self-protection during an emergency. Such a system shall address both the general public and facilities or locations with large populations (i.e., schools, hospitals, large industries, recreation areas).

5. Each county shall designate appropriate shelters/congregate care centers to be available for use by the general public in the event of a natural or man-made emergency, to include nuclear attack. The State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall provide necessary engineering support to assist in the selection of appropriate fallout shelters for public protection in the event of a nuclear attack.

6. Each county shall secure sufficient radiological monitoring instruments for use during nuclear attack conditions, and in response to radiological material transportation accidents. Police, fire and rescue organizations shall be assigned necessary instruments for use in response to such transportation accidents. The State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall establish instrument requirements and provide the necessary equipment.

E. Emergency Response Personnel Training

1. Each county shall establish and conduct a training program for emergency response personnel. Such training shall be in addition to that routinely provided within a department, and be directed toward qualifying instructors and operational personnel in preparedness areas which include, but are not limited to:

a. Shelter Management

b. Radiological Defense--Training shall address response to nuclear attack and radiological/hazardous material transportation accident situations.

2. The State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall coordinate the provision of technical and staff support in the conduct of county training programs, to include providing instructor training in the areas identified in Item E (1) above.

F. Emergency Preparedness Public Education

1. Each county shall establish and conduct an ongoing public education program and participate, as appropriate, in annual State special emphasis programs, which shall address potential natural and man-made hazards affecting the jurisdiction. Areas to be addressed shall include, but are not limited to the following:

a. Severe Weather Hazards--The State special emphasis program shall be conducted at the beginning of each severe weather season;

b. Man-made Hazards--Program activities shall include, in designated counties, dissemination of information relating to a nuclear facility incident, and participation in a State nuclear facility incident special emphasis program to be conducted annually.

2. Each county shall incorporate within their respective educational programs, the following elements as they relate to specific hazards affecting the jurisdiction:

a. Health and environmental

b. Means of "Public Warning"

c. Appropriate actions for public self-protection

d. Sources of additional educational and emergency information

e. State and county emergency response plans.

3. The State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall coordinate the provision of technical and staff support in the conduct of county educational programs.

G. Emergency Preparedness Exercises

1. Each county shall establish and conduct an emergency preparedness exercise program addressing potential hazards affecting the jurisdiction. Exercise activities shall include, but are not limited to:

a. A major exercise to be conducted at least every three years. Such an exercise shall require a response from the majority of organizations assigned responsibilities in the county emergency plan, and may include the actual deployment of personnel and resources under simulated conditions;

b. Annex area sub-level exercises to be conducted at least annually. Such an exercise shall require a response from one or a group of related functional areas identified in the county emergency plan, and may include the actual deployment of personnel and resources under simulated conditions;

c. Designated counties located in the near-vicinity of a nuclear power facility shall conduct exercise activities in accordance with appropriate federal criteria.

d. Participation in an actual emergency or major exercise may satisfy exercise requirements outlined in Item G(1)(a) through (c) above upon approval by the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General.

2. The State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall provide program guidance and coordinate the provision of technical and staff assistance to support the conduct of county exercise activities.

58-101. State Emergency Preparedness Standards.

A. General

1. There shall be established a South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Organization, which shall consist of a state element and forty-six county elements. The state element of this organization shall be comprised of all officials, departments, and employees of state government and may include persons or groups who, by agreement or operation of law, may be charged with duties incident to the protection of life and property within the state during an emergency. The forty-six county elements shall be organized and maintained pursuant to the requirements of Regulation 58-1.

2. There shall be a South Carolina Emergency Plan consisting of a State Emergency Preparedness Plan and forty-six County Emergency Operations Plans. The South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Plan shall outline the emergency roles and responsibilities of the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Organization. The State Emergency Plan shall be developed and maintained pursuant to the requirements of this regulation. The forty-six County Emergency Plans shall be developed and maintained pursuant to the requirements of Regulation 58-1.

a. State Government shall be responsible for providing state forces and resources to support county government emergency operations and for coordinating support to county government from other sources, including the federal government, unaffected counties of the state, and adjacent states through mutual assistance agreements;

b. State government shall assume direction and control of area or county government emergency operations when requested by proper county government authority; or when county government authority has broken down or is nonexistent; or when the nature and magnitude of an emergency is such that effective response and recovery action is beyond the capability of county government, or when, in the event of a war emergency or declared natural or man-made emergency, state direction is required for implementation of a state or national plan;

c. State Government shall assume direct responsibility for response to an emergency when the nature of the emergency requires special technical capabilities not available on the county level;

d. State government shall assume direct coordinating responsibility for the conduct of operations when the potential or actual impact of a major emergency affects two or more counties. Major emergencies considered applicable under this item shall include, but are not limited to, an incident at a nuclear reactor facility and a major hurricane;

e. Nothing in Items A(2)(b) through A(2)(d) above is intended to transfer, or otherwise remove from county government, the responsibility for the protection of life and property within their respective jurisdictions. The purpose of these items is to provide for an effective level of direction, control, or coordination in the event a major emergency impacts the State. County government shall continue to be responsible for the conduct of operations within their jurisdiction during all emergency situations; however, under conditions identified in Items (2)(b) through (2)(d) above, state government shall exercise an appropriate degree of direction, control, or coordination at the discretion of the Governor;

f. Unless otherwise provided for in these regulations, county government shall be responsible for initial response to, and the conduct of, operations relating to emergency conditions impacting their respective area of jurisdiction;

g. County government shall be responsible for ensuring that all appropriate local resources, including those of municipalities, are being utilized to support the conduct of emergency operations prior to requesting outside assistance from state government. This requirement is deferred when state or inter-jurisdictional plans or procedures provide for an automatic response by state government.

3. State government's chain of communications, coordination, direction, and control during an emergency shall consist of the Governor, the Governor's Office, the Adjutant General's Office, functional response area coordinating agencies, and designated support agencies.

4. County government's chain of communications, coordination, direction and control during an emergency shall consist of the county governing body, or its authorized representative as appropriate under the Home Rule Act, the County Emergency Preparedness Agency, county functional response agencies, school districts and designated support agencies. During emergencies, the municipal government's chain of communication will be through the county.

5. When required during an emergency, state direction and control and communication and coordination between state and county government, shall be channeled through the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, and the County Emergency Preparedness Agency, respectively.

6. The lines of communication, coordination, direction, and control as identified in Items A(3) through A(5) above shall be utilized for the notification, activation, and control of operations of response forces within and between levels of government.

B. State Emergency Preparedness Plan--Development Requirements

1. The State Emergency Preparedness Plan shall consist of the following elements:

a. Basic plan, vulnerability analysis, concept of operations and annexes--this element is currently entitled "The South Carolina Comprehensive Disaster Preparedness Plan", developed in 1976 and revised yearly, and shall serve as the basis from which appropriate planning requirements of this regulation shall be implemented. When rewritten and published, the state basic plan shall be entitled "The South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan";

b. Individual state agency annexes and implementing procedures of tasks and responsibilities assigned by the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan;

c. Major Hazard Contingency Plans to include the Plan, annexes and Individual Agency Implementing Procedures. Such plans shall address major hazards addressed in the Vulnerability Analysis above and shall include, but not be limited to, Nuclear Civil Protection (attack), Crisis Relocation, Nuclear Facility Accidents, Hurricanes, and Hazardous Material Accidents and Spills. Where an identified major hazard has a potential impact on two or more contiguous counties, a state inter-jurisdictional contingency plan shall be developed which will incorporate related local government contingency plans;

d. The county emergency operations plans, annexes and implementing procedures required by Regulation 58-1.

2. Initial implementation of the requirements outlined above shall be accomplished as soon as practicable after the approval date of this regulation and no later than October 1, 1985. Responsibilities for the development of plans, annexes and implementing procedures are as follows:

a. The South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan shall be developed and coordinated with applicable state agencies by the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General.

b. Major hazard contingency plans shall be developed and coordinated with local governments by the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, with the exception of those technical aspects of atomic energy or major hazards, which are the responsibility of the Department of Health and Environmental Control.

c. Individual state agency annexes and implementing procedures shall be developed and coordinated with applicable state agencies for all tasks and responsibilities assigned that agency by the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan and major hazard contingency plans.

d. County emergency operation plans, annexes and implementing procedures will be developed by local government in accordance with Regulation 58-1.

C. South Carolina Emergency Plans--Review and Approval

1. The Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, shall be responsible for approval of the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan. The Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall submit the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan and major hazard contingency plans to the Governor, through the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, for review and approval. This submission shall include the following documents:

a. Three copies of the state emergency plan and annexes;

b. Certification that all implementing procedures required under Item B are acceptable to the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General;

c. Certification that local government emergency plan required under Item B above and Regulation 58-1 are approved by the Emergency Preparedness Division;

d. Identification of specific exceptions, by state agency or county, to the requirements of C(1)(a) through C(1)(c) above.

2. The Governor may approve all or part of the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan. Should the Governor disapprove the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, or a portion thereof, for reason of non-compliance with planning requirements as identified in Item B above and Regulation 58-1, Item C, or content, the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, shall notify, in writing, the responsible agency director(s) of, and reasons for, such disapproval. Upon receipt of notification that a portion of the South Carolina Emergency Plan for which a state agency or county is responsible has been disapproved, the agency director or county governing body shall, within thirty days of receipt of such notification, respond to the Governor indicating intentions to correct identified deficiencies or justification to support a re-evaluation of the disapproval.

3. The Governor's Office, Division of Public Safety Programs, shall review responses required under C(2) above and advise the appropriate agency director regarding its intended recommendation to the Governor for acceptance or rejection of the response. Should the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, indicate an intention to recommend rejection of the response, the agency director may appeal the Division's findings to the Governor.

4. Implementation of Item C(1) above shall be accomplished prior to October 1, 1985, and thereafter by February 1 of the first year of each new gubernatorial term beginning in 1987.

5. Each plan, annex, and plan or annex implementing procedure developed pursuant to this Section shall be submitted by the appropriate state agency and local government to the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, for review and concurrence. The submissions shall include:

a. The plan or annex to be reviewed;

b. Written concurrence in the plan or annex to be reviewed by officials of those organizations assigned responsibilities under the plan, annex, or procedure;

c. Certification by the state agency and county that the individual agency implementing procedures required under Items B(1)(b) and B(1)(d) above have been developed to support the plan or annex submitted, or a statement indicating when such procedures will be completed. When certification required under this item does not accompany the plan or annex submitted, such certification shall be received by the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, within ninety days of the submission of the related plan or annex.

6. The Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall provide to each submitting agency the results of the review.

7. Each plan, annex, or implementing procedure developed pursuant to this Item shall be reviewed and revised as required annually. State agencies and local governments shall submit appropriate revisions and certifications to the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, for annual review and concurrence. The Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall establish a schedule for such annual submissions.

D. State Agency Emergency Preparedness Responsibilities

1. The duties of the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, shall include, but are not limited to:

a. Developing of plans and procedures to support the Governor in the exercising of executive responsibilities and authority during an emergency;

b. Providing executive coordination and communication with the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Organization in the development of the South Carolina Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, and implementation of such Plan during an emergency;

c. Serving as the official point of contact within state government for public information during an emergency. Specific responsibilities may be assigned to state agencies, pursuant to the "Public Information" Annex to the state emergency plan, or at the discretion of the Governor's Press Secretary;

d. Serving as the coordinating agency for "Public Information" in accordance with the provisions of Item D(3) below;

e. Acting as final administrative authority for declaratory rulings associated with the implementation of Regulations 58-1 and 58-101;

f. Reviewing plans and reports submitted to the Governor;

g. Providing executive support in the review and revision of the state basic plan and concept of operations.

2. The Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall be responsible for functions which include, but are not limited to:

a. Development, maintenance, review and revision of the State Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan and concept of operations as required under Item B above. Such reviews shall be conducted with the support and direct participation of agencies and organizations identified in the State Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan to ensure that organizational assignments are appropriate and consistent with the capabilities of those agencies or organizations;

b. Program coordination between state annex areas to support the implementation of this regulation;

c. Provision or coordination of technical and staff assistance as may be requested by state agencies or county government to support the implementation of Regulations 58-1 and 58-101;

d. Development of program guidance to support the implementation of Regulations 58-1 and 58-101. Such program guidance shall include, but shall not be limited to, specific requirements as may be outlined in Regulations 58-1 and 58-101;

e. Development and maintenance of state and inter-jurisdictional contingency plans as may be required. Such plans shall be developed with the support and direct participation of state agencies and county governments having responsibilities to respond to or being impacted by the identified hazards. Development of state annex areas, individual state agency and county government implementing procedures shall be the responsibility of the respective organizations;

f. Development of administrative procedures to support the periodic review and evaluation of state agency and county government compliance with Regulations 58-1 and 58-101. Such procedures shall include, but shall not be limited to, the identification of minimum record requirements to document compliance with Regulations 58-1 and 58-101 and the submission of quarterly and annual summary reports outlining accomplishments, deficiencies, and proposed activities as they relate to the implementation of Regulations 58-1 and 58-101.

g. Consolidation and submission of quarterly and annual reports, required under Item D(2)(f) above, to the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, for review. The submission of only annual reports to the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, shall be required after October, 1985;

h. Review and evaluation of county government compliance with Regulations 58-1 and 58-101. Such activity may include one unannounced audit of required records or plans of a given county during a three-year period. Audit findings shall be submitted to the Office of the Governor, Division of Public Safety Programs, for review.

i. Review and approval of county emergency plans submitted pursuant to the requirements of Regulation 58-1. Item C;

j. Review and concurrence in elements of the state emergency plan submitted pursuant to the requirements of Item B above;

k. Serves as the designated coordinating point between state and county government during an emergency. Responsibilities of this function shall include receipt and dissemination of notifications relating to potential or actual emergency conditions affecting a local jurisdiction, and coordination of all communications and requests for outside assistance from county governments in accordance with plans and procedures developed pursuant to Regulations 58-1 and 58-101, or as directed by the Governor;

l. Coordination of state emergency operations in accordance with plans and procedures developed pursuant to Item B above, or as directed by the Governor.

3. State agencies designated annex area coordinating agencies, subsequent to the revision of the State Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan as required under Item B above, shall be responsible for functions which include, but are not limited to:

a. Designation of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) representative and at least one alternate who shall be responsible to the agency director for the direction and control of agency response activities during an emergency;

b. Coordination of annex area response operations, through the designated EOC representative, in accordance with plans and procedures developed pursuant to the requirements of Item B or as directed by proper authority;

c. Designation of an agency Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, who shall be responsible to the agency director for agency coordination of annex area implementation of planning and administrative requirements outlined in Regulations 58-1 and 58-101.

4. State agencies designated annex area supporting agencies, after the revision of the State Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan as required under Item B above, shall be responsible for functions which include, but are not limited to:

a. Designation of an EOC representative and at least one alternate, who shall be responsible to the agency director for the direction and control of agency response activities during an emergency;

b. Coordination of agency response activities, through the designated EOC representative, with the annex area coordinating agency in accordance with plans and procedures developed pursuant to Item B above, or as directed by proper authority;

c. Designation of an agency Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, who shall be responsible to the agency director for agency support of annex area implementation of planning and administrative requirements outlined in Regulations 58-1 and 58-101;

d. Support responsibility for the review, revision and development of annex area plans and procedures required under Item B above.

E. Facilities and Equipment

1. There shall be established a central state notification point from which state government can receive initial notification of (non-law enforcement) emergency occurrences or conditions within the state, and can alert key officials and agencies within state government for response. This facility shall be operated twenty-four hours a day, and have capabilities which include, but are not limited to:

a. A telephone number or numbers to which initial notifications of emergency conditions and initial requests for state assistance may be made;

b. Radio communications, direct or by relay, with a key communications point within each county of the state;

c. The ability to alert key state officials and agencies by commercial telephone and tone activated pager;

d. Appropriate procedures identifying potential hazards affecting the state and agencies/officials assigned primary responsibility for response to each hazard.

2. There shall be established, occupied and maintained by the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, a State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) from which state government can direct, control, and coordinate emergency operations. This facility, upon activation, shall be staffed by those state agency EOC representatives designated by the Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, or by the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, as appropriate. Emergency response activities of all state agencies shall be coordinated with their respective EOC representatives when the SEOC is activated;

3. There shall be established within the SEOC communications capabilities which shall include, but are not limited to:

a. Adequate commercial telephone lines to support effective SEOC operations;

b. Dedicated telephone communications between the SEOC, Governor's State House Office, and Governor's Mansion;

c. Direct radio communications with major state agencies and the regional office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency;

d. Radio communications, direct or by relay, with a key communications point within each county of the state.

4. There shall be established a State Mobile Communications Center that shall be available to provide direct communications support to responding state agencies under field conditions. This mobile facility shall have capabilities which include, but are not limited to:

a. Direct radio communications with mobile units of major state agencies and the SEOC;

b. Radio communications, direct or by relay, with a key communications point within each county of the state;

c. A self-contained power source.

F. State Emergency Preparedness Training

1. The Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall establish and conduct a training program for state emergency response personnel. Such training shall be in addition to that routinely provided or required within a state agency, and be directed toward qualifying instructors and/or operational personnel where required in preparedness areas which include, but are not limited to:

a. Shelter Management;

b. Radiological Defense--Nuclear Attack;

c. Plans & Operations Training.

2. The Department of Health and Environmental Control shall establish and conduct a training program relating to nuclear reactors, radiological/hazardous material transportation accident emergency response by law enforcement and other nontechnical personnel.

3. State agency EOC representatives and Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, designated pursuant to Items D(3) and D(4) above, shall within one year of appointment, participate in a "Plans and Operations Workshop".

4. State agency EOC representatives and Emergency Preparedness Coordinators, designated pursuant to Items D(3) and D(4) above, shall participate in at least two training programs per program year. Training programs meeting this requirement shall be selected from a list, with recommended participants by agency or position, published by the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, at the beginning of each program year. The list of approved training may be periodically amended during the program year. An agency may request certification for a specific training activity not contained on the approved list; should the certification be granted, the activity shall be added to the approved list. The "Plans and Operations Workshop", identified in Item F(3) above, shall be considered a part of the approved list.

5. State agency personnel shall participate in preparedness training activities conducted pursuant to this Item in a manner consistent with responsibilities assigned to an agency as outlined in the state emergency plan. The Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall publish a list of available training activities, with recommended participants by agency or position, at the beginning of each program year.

6. The Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall coordinate the provision of staff and technical assistance to support the implementation of this Item.

G. Emergency Preparedness Public Education

1. State agencies assigned public information responsibilities under the State Comprehensive Emergency Preparedness Plan, shall develop and coordinate the conduct of public education program activities within the state;

2. County government shall conduct ongoing educational programs and participate in state special emphasis programs pursuant to Regulation 58-1, Item F.

3. State Public Information Annex area agencies shall coordinate the provision of necessary resources to support county government public education program activities.

4. State special emphasis programs shall be conducted annually in coordination with appropriate county governments. Such programs shall address potential hazards affecting the state which shall include, but are not limited to:

a. Severe weather hazards with programs to be conducted at the beginning of each severe weather season;

b. Man-made hazards to include the potential impact of a nuclear facility incident.

5. Public education program activities relating to the potential impact of a nuclear facility incident, shall be conducted in accordance with appropriate provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations.

6. As appropriate to the specific hazard addressed, public education program elements shall include, but are not limited to:

a. Health and environmental impact of various natural and man-made hazards;

b. Means of public "Warning" in the event of various emergencies;

c. Appropriate actions for public self-protection during various emergencies;

d. Sources of additional information prior to and during an emergency;

e. Information relating to state and county emergency plans for the public health and safety;

f. Periodic media workshops to promote effective coordination between state and county emergency public information organizations and the public news media.

H. State Emergency Preparedness Exercises

1. The State Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General, shall establish and conduct an emergency preparedness program addressing potential hazards affecting the state. Exercise activities shall include, but are not limited to:

a. A major exercise to be conducted annually. Such an exercise shall require participation of the majority of annex areas identified in the state emergency plan, to be conducted in conjunction with a local major exercise involving one or more counties, and shall include the actual deployment of personnel and resources under simulated conditions;

b. Annex area sub-level exercises to be conducted at least once every three years. Such an exercise shall require participation of one or a group of related annex areas identified in the state emergency plan, and may be conducted in conjunction with a local sub-level or major exercise involving one or more counties, or include the actual deployment of personnel and resources under simulated conditions;

c. Participation in an actual disaster may be substituted for the requirements of H(1)(a)(b) above upon approval of the Emergency Preparedness Division, Office of the Adjutant General.

2. The state exercise program shall be designed to ensure that each agency assigned responsibilities in the state emergency plan shall participate in at least one major exercise each year and at least one annex area sub-level exercise every three years.

3. Exercises associated with emergency response in the event of a nuclear facility incident shall be conducted in accordance with appropriate federal and state criteria.




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