S.B. NO.



S.D. 2


H.D. 1














SECTION 1. The legislature finds that disaster recovery is a complex and long-term process that involves a range of activities and many participants. Recovery operations begin shortly after a disaster occurs and can continue for many years. Disaster recovery involves short-term restoration of essential community functions and long-term recovery planning and coordination.

The legislature further finds that state, public, and private organizations share in providing for the public's health and safety. It is essential that the response, recovery, and mitigation activities of all parties be fully aligned.

The purpose of this Act is to enhance the capacity of government, relevant agencies, and the community to recover from the impacts of disasters by establishing the state disaster recovery program to be overseen by the state disaster recovery coordinator.

SECTION 2. Chapter 127A, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to be read as follows:

"127A-    State disaster recovery coordinator; duties and powers. (a) The state disaster recovery coordinator shall:

(1) Report to the administrator;

(2) Oversee the state disaster recovery program and framework;

(3) Establish and maintain recovery priorities and strategy on behalf of the governor;

(4) Convene and provide executive level coordination for state agencies working on the state disaster recovery and reconstruction programs and alignment of funding;

(5) Facilitate disaster recovery coordination and collaboration between:

(A) The federal, state, and local governments;

(B) The private sector; and

(C) Voluntary, faith-based, and community organizations;

(6) Serve as the primary contact with the Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to address recovery needs;

(7) Promote a unified communications strategy with state and local partners; and

(8) Develop and adopt interagency coordination plans to drive long-term recovery from disasters.

(b) The state disaster recovery coordinator shall conduct a comprehensive review of recovery plans, policies, and decisions as required by this section and submit a report to the administrator and legislature no later than twenty days prior to the convening of the regular session of 2022 and every odd year thereafter. Each state or county agency having recovery responsibilities shall maintain and update recovery plans, including annexes and appendices, that are applicable to that agency."

SECTION 3. Section 127A-3, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (e) to read as follows:

"(e) The agency shall perform emergency management functions within the territorial limits of the State. In performing its duties, the agency shall:

(1) Prepare a state comprehensive emergency management plan, which shall include a state disaster recovery program and framework and be integrated into and coordinated with the emergency management plans of the federal government. The plan shall be integrated by a continuous, integrated comprehensive emergency management program. The plan shall contain provisions to ensure that the State is prepared for emergencies and minor, major, and catastrophic disasters. In preparing and maintaining the plan, the agency shall work closely with agencies and organizations with emergency management responsibilities;

(2) Assign lead and support responsibilities to state agencies and personnel for emergency functions and other support activities;

(3) Adopt standards and requirements for county emergency management plans. The standards and requirements shall ensure that county plans are coordinated and consistent with the state comprehensive emergency management plan;

(4) Make recommendations to the legislature, building code organizations, and counties for zoning, building, and other land use controls; and other preparedness, prevention, and mitigation measures designed to eliminate emergencies or reduce their impact;

(5) Anticipate trends and promote innovations that will enhance the emergency management system;

(6) Institute statewide public awareness programs. This shall include intensive public educational campaigns on emergency preparedness issues, including [but not limited to] the personal responsibility of individual citizens to be self-sufficient for up to fourteen days following a natural or human-caused disaster;

(7) Coordinate federal, state, and local emergency management activities and take all other steps, including the partial or full mobilization of emergency management forces and organizations in advance of an actual emergency, to ensure the availability of adequately trained and equipped forces of emergency management personnel before, during, and after emergencies and disasters;

(8) Implement training programs to improve the ability of state and local emergency management personnel to prepare and implement emergency management plans and programs. This shall include a continuous training program for agencies and individuals that will be called on to perform key roles in state and local post-disaster response and recovery efforts and for local government personnel on federal and state post-disaster response and recovery strategies and procedures;

(9) Adopt standards and requirements for state agency emergency operating procedures and periodically review emergency operating procedures of state agencies and recommend revisions as needed to ensure consistency with the state comprehensive emergency management plan and program; and

(10) Coordinate, in advance whenever possible, such executive orders, proclamations, and rules for issuance by the governor as are necessary or appropriate for coping with emergencies and disasters."

SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2050.


Report Title:

Disaster Recovery Program; State Disaster Recovery Coordinator; Hawaii Emergency Management Agency



Establishes the framework of the Hawaii state disaster recovery program, as overseen by the state disaster recovery coordinator. Effective 7/1/2050. (HD1)




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