Puerto Rico Emergency Management and Homeland Security Statutory Authorities Summarized [September 3, 2004]   [open pdf - 36KB]

"The Emergency Management Act delegates powers to the emergency management agency for the commonwealth, authorizes hazard mitigation activities, and provides for the establishment of the emergency fund. The Emergency Succession Act provides for lines of succession for all levels of government. Emergency management financial assistance and funding primarily derive from appropriations, federal aid, and certain tax exemptions. Constitutional provisions give the governor certain emergency powers and allow the seat of government to be moved in emergencies. 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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