Military Affairs and Defense

Emergency Management

SECTION 30-15-6

   § 30-15-6  Advisory council. – (a) There is hereby created the Rhode Island emergency management advisory council (hereinafter in this chapter called the "council"). The council will consist of forty (40) members as follows:

   (1) Twenty-two (22) ex officio members as follows:

   (i) The lieutenant governor;

   (ii) The adjutant general;

   (iii) The director of administration/statewide planning;

   (iv) The director of health;

   (v) The director of transportation;

   (vi) The director of human services;

   (vii) The superintendent of state police;

   (viii) The public utilities administrator;

   (ix) The director of the department of environmental management;

   (x) The director of department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals;

   (xi) The director of elderly affairs;

   (xii) The chairperson of the state water resources board;

   (xiii) The chairperson of the governor's commission on disabilities;

   (xiv) The chairperson of the Rhode Island public transit authority;

   (xv) The executive director of the coastal resources management council or his or her designee;

   (xvi) The executive director of the American Red Cross, Rhode Island chapter;

   (xvii) The director of the Rhode Island emergency management agency;

   (xviii) The state court administrator;

   (xix) The executive director of the commission on the deaf and hard of hearing;

   (xx) The director of the Providence emergency management agency;

   (xxi) The executive director of E-911 emergency telephone system division;

   (xxii) The federal security director of the transportation security administration for Rhode Island; and

   (2) Eighteen (18) members appointed by, and serving at the pleasure of, the governor, as follows:

   (i) Two (2) members of the senate, recommended by the president of the senate, not more than one of whom shall be from the same political party;

   (ii) Two (2) members of the house of representatives, recommended by the speaker of the house, not more than one of whom shall be from the same political party;

   (iii) One representative of the electric industry;

   (iv) One representative of the gas industry;

   (v) One representative of the telephone industry;

   (vi) The executive director of the Rhode Island Petroleum Association or other similarly situated person;

   (vii) Two (2) representatives of the general public, one who shall have expertise in disaster preparedness;

   (viii) One representative of the Rhode Island league of cities and towns;

   (ix) One representative of the media;

   (x) One representative of the water supply industry;

   (xi) One representative of the health care industry;

   (xii) One representative of the Rhode Island Firefighters Association;

   (xiii) One representative of the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs;

   (xiv) One representative of a private ambulance company; and

   (xv) One representative of a level I trauma hospital who shall have direct expertise in disaster preparedness.

   (b) It shall be the duty of the council to advise the governor and the director on all matters pertaining to disaster preparedness. The lieutenant governor shall serve as chairperson of the council and the director shall serve as vice-chairperson. In providing advice to the governor and the director, the council shall, among other matters reasonably related to their authority, do the following:

   (1) Establish a regular meeting schedule and form subcommittees as may be appropriate;

   (2) Review emergency management plans and other matters as may be acted upon or otherwise provided for in this chapter;

   (3) Establish priorities and goals on emergency management matters on an annual basis;

   (4) Study emergency management plans in conjunction with the director, and otherwise conduct such other studies as may be deemed appropriate;

   (5) Review the coordination of the state's emergency management programs with appropriate authorized agencies and conduct studies on the programs as may be necessary;

   (6) Review the plans and operations of the various cities and towns in disaster preparedness in conjunction with the director and his or her office as required or necessary; and

   (7) [Deleted by P.L. 2000, ch. 170, § 2];

   (8) Provide an annual report on its activities in conjunction with the director.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1973, ch. 67, § 2; P.L. 1980, ch. 226, § 8; P.L. 1981, ch. 124, § 1; P.L. 1986, ch. 77, § 1; P.L. 1987, ch. 63, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 100, art. 41, § 1; P.L. 1997, ch. 150, § 7; P.L. 2000, ch. 170, § 2; P.L. 2003, ch. 185, § 4; P.L. 2003, ch. 189, § 4; P.L. 2007, ch. 337, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 342, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 410, § 1; P.L. 2007, ch. 450, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 289, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 319, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 145, art. 14, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch. 52, § 1; P.L. 2015, ch. 53, § 1.)