Friday, March 13, 2009

Recent Emergency Response Legislation of Interest to Volunteers

Hi folks!
Below is a snippet from this week's Virginia EM update.For those of us that volunteer in different organizations like Red Cross, Feed the Hungry,etc-this bill would cover those organizations.

New emergency response laws
The 2009 Regular Session of the General Assembly adjourned on Feb. 28, considering several bills that directly and indirectly affect Virginia’s emergency response community. Notable bills that have been submitted to the governor for his signature include:

HB 1983: Provides civil immunity for private and charitable organizations providing resources and assistance, without compensation, pursuant to a governor-declared emergency or during a formal emergency management training exercise, and at the request of the State Department of Emergency Management or a local emergency management employee. The immunity would not apply in instances of gross negligence, recklessness, or willful misconduct.

your volunteer PIO