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§ 6. Local organization for emergency management
(a) Each town and city of this State is hereby authorized and directed to establish a local organization for emergency management in accordance with the State emergency management plan and program. The executive officer or legislative branch of the town or city is authorized to appoint a town or city emergency management director who shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration, and coordination of the local organization for emergency management, subject to the direction and control of the executive officer or legislative branch. If the town or city that has not adopted the town manager form of government in accordance with 24 V.S.A. chapter 37 and the executive officer or legislative branch of the town or city has not appointed an emergency management director, the executive officer or legislative branch shall be the town or city emergency management director. The town or city emergency management director may appoint an emergency management coordinator and other staff as necessary to accomplish the purposes of this chapter.
(b) Each local organization for emergency management shall perform emergency management functions within the territorial limits of the town or city within which it is organized and, in addition, shall conduct such functions outside of the territorial limits as may be required pursuant to the provisions of this chapter and in accord with rules adopted by the Governor.
(c) Each local organization shall develop and maintain an all-hazards emergency management plan in accordance with guidance set forth by the Division of Emergency Management.
(d) Regional emergency management committees shall be established by the Division of Emergency Management.
(1) Regional emergency management committees shall coordinate emergency planning and preparedness activities to improve their regions’ ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all disasters.
(2) The Division of Emergency Management shall establish geographic boundaries and guidance documents for regional emergency planning committees in coordination with regional planning commissions and mutual aid associations.
(3) A regional emergency management committee shall consist of voting and nonvoting members.
(A) Voting members. The local emergency management director or designee and one representative from each town and city in the region shall serve as the voting members of the committee. A representative from a town or city shall be a member of the town’s or city’s emergency services community and shall be appointed by the town’s or city’s executive or legislative branch.
(B) Nonvoting members. Nonvoting members may include representatives from the following organizations serving within the region: fire departments, emergency medical services, law enforcement, media, transportation, regional planning commissions, hospitals, the Department of Health’s district office, the Division of Emergency Management, organizations serving vulnerable populations, and any other interested public or private individual or organization.
(4) Voting members shall annually elect a chair and vice chair of the committee from the voting membership. The chair shall develop a meeting schedule, agenda, and facilitate each meeting. The vice chair shall fill in for the chair during the chair’s absence.
(5) Committees shall develop and maintain a regional plan, consistent with guidance provided by the Division of Emergency Management in coordination with regional planning commissions, that describes regional coordination and regionally available resources. (Amended 1989, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 1993, No. 194 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. June 14, 1994; 2005, No. 209 (Adj. Sess.), § 7; 2021, No. 20, § 113; 2021, No. 52, § 12.)