Rhode Island Emergency Management and Homeland Security Statutory Authorities [June 24, 2004]   [open pdf - 37KB]

"Rhode Island's emergency management statute sets forth the roles of the governor, state agencies, and local governments in disaster prevention, preparation, response and recovery. The statute authorizes, and provides for, the coordination of emergency management activities by state agencies and officers. A constitutional provision authorizes the General Assembly to provide for succession and to ensure the continuity of government operations. The seat of state and local government may be moved to emergency temporary locations when necessary. This report is one of a series that profiles emergency management and homeland security statutory authorities of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each profile identifies the more significant elements of state statutes, generally as codified. Congressional readers may wish to conduct further searches for related provisions using the Internet link presented in the last section of this report. The National Conference of State Legislatures provided primary research assistance in the development of these profiles under contract to the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Summary information on all of the profiles is presented in CRS Report RL32287. This report will be updated as developments warrant."

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