Kansas Adjutant General's Department
Commission on Emergency Planning and Response Charter
 

Purpose:

To facilitate a coordinated effort for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from emergencies and disasters in Kansas, as defined in K.S.A. Chapter 48, Article 9, The Kansas Emergency Management Act.

  • The Commission on Emergency Planning and Response shall have the following functions, powers, and duties:
    • Advise and assist state and local agencies in mitigation of hazards;
    • Advise and assist state and local agencies in emergency preparedness (developing all hazard emergency plans, training, and exercising);
    • Review the response to disasters and selected emergencies and recommend improvements for mitigation (prevention and risk reduction), preparedness (planning, training, and exercising), response and recovery (cleanup, rebuilding lives, property, and infrastructure) for future disasters;
    • Carry out all requirements of the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986, 42 U.S.C. 11001-11005, as amended to include:
      • Designate and revise as necessary, the boundaries of emergency planning districts;
      • Approve the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) for each emergency planning district;
      • Advise and assist in establishing state hazardous material policies;
      • Advise and assist state agencies in community right-to-know reporting and toxic chemical release reporting;
      • Advise and assist state and local agencies on management of hazardous substances (e.g. storage, handling, transportation, and discharge per 33 U.S.C. 1321);
      • Advise state agencies on the regulations needed to carry out state and federal hazardous material laws;
      • Approve fees established by the Adjutant General per KSA 67-5705 (to cover the total operational costs of implementing the Community Right-to-Know Act).

Membership:

  • Agency head, secretary or designated person of authority from:
    • the Fire Marshal;
    • the Department of Health and Environment, Division of Environment;
    • the Department of Health and Environment, Division of Public Health;
    • the Department of Transportation;
    • the Kansas Highway Patrol;
    • the Adjutant General;
    • the Department of Commerce;
    • the Kansas Bureau of Investigation;
    • the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
       
  • Eighteen members appointed by the Governor:
    • One representative of counties;
    • One representative of cities;
    • Three representatives of business and industries, one of which represents broadcasting;
    • One representative of agriculture, crop or livestock;
    • One representative of transportation, trucking, or rail;
    • One representative of energy;
    • One representative of law enforcement officers;
    • One representative of fire fighters;
    • One representative of county emergency managers;
    • One representative of emergency medical services;
    • One representative of public works services;
    • One representative of hospitals;
    • One representative of public health;
    • One representative of the Tribes of Kansas;
    • One representative of individuals with disabilities; and
    • One representative of the seven homeland security councils.
       
  • Chairperson / Vice-Chairperson: The members serving as chairperson and vice-chairperson on July 1, 2013, shall serve in such positions until a date which is two years after the date the chairperson was elected.  At such time, the vice-chairperson shall become chairperson and a new vice-chairperson, having been elected by the members of the commission, shall be seated.  The chairperson and vice-chairperson shall serve in such capacity for a period of two years, and at the conclusion of each two year period thereafter, the vice-chairperson shall become chairperson and a new vice-chairperson, having been elected by the members of the commission, shall be seated.  The vice-chairperson shall serve in the absence of the chairperson.
     
  • Time Allotted: meet on call of Chairperson.
     
  • Level of Empowerment: provide advice, assistance and make recommendations and approve fees.
     
  • Feedback: publish minutes following every meeting.
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Emergency Information

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