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Title 20 : Internal Security and Public Safety


(Cite as: 20 V.S.A. § 204)
  • § 204. Party jurisdiction responsibilities - Article III

    (a) Formulate plans and programs. It is the responsibility of each party jurisdiction to formulate procedural plans and programs for interjurisdictional cooperation in the performance of the responsibilities listed in this section. In formulating and implementing such plans and programs the party jurisdictions, to the extent practical, shall:

    (1) Review individual jurisdictional hazards analyses that are available and, to the extent reasonably possible, determine all those potential emergencies the party jurisdictions might jointly suffer, whether due to natural disaster, technological hazard, manmade disaster, or emergency aspects of resource shortages;

    (2) Initiate a process to review party jurisdictions' individual emergency plans and develop a plan that will determine the mechanism for the interjurisdictional cooperation;

    (3) Develop interjurisdictional procedures to fill any identified gaps and to resolve any identified inconsistencies or overlaps in existing or developed plans;

    (4) Assist in warning communities adjacent to or crossing jurisdictional boundaries;

    (5) Protect and ensure delivery of services, medicines, water, food, energy and fuel, search and rescue and critical lifeline equipment, services, and resources, both human and material to the extent authorized by law; and

    (6) Inventory and agree upon procedures for the interjurisdictional loan and delivery of human and material resources, together with procedures for reimbursement or forgiveness.

    (b) Request assistance. The authorized representative of a party jurisdiction may request assistance of another party jurisdiction by contacting the authorized representative of that jurisdiction. These provisions only apply to requests for assistance made by and to authorized representatives. Requests may be oral or in writing. If oral, the request must be confirmed in writing within 15 days of the oral request. Requests must provide the following information:

    (1) A description of the emergency service function for which assistance is needed and of the mission or missions, including but not limited to fire services, emergency medical services, transportation, communications, public works and engineering, building inspection, planning and information assistance, mass care, resource support, health and medical services, and search and rescue;

    (2) The amount and type of personnel, equipment, materials, and supplies needed and a reasonable estimate of the length of time they will be needed; and

    (3) The specific place and time for staging of the assisting party's response and a point of contact at the location.

    (c) Consultation among party jurisdiction officials. There shall be frequent consultation among the party jurisdiction officials who have assigned emergency management responsibilities, such officials collectively known hereinafter as the International Emergency Management Group, and other appropriate representatives of the party jurisdictions with free exchange of information, plans, and resource records relating to emergency capabilities to the extent authorized by law. (Added 2003, No. 121 (Adj. Sess.), § 84, eff. June 8, 2004.)