[46 Pa.B. 7517]
[Saturday, December 3, 2016]
Proclamation of Disaster Emergency
November 16, 2016
Whereas, a period of rapid, heavy rain impacted a multi-county region in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, resulting in 6—8 inches of rain within a 4-hour time period that caused severe flash flooding; and
Whereas, steady rainfall continued in the affected multi-county region through October 21, 2016, and caused severe adverse effects to multiple political subdivisions in the Commonwealth through October 24, 2016; and
Whereas, this emergency event prompted affected county and municipal governments to declare local disaster emergencies due to the severe flash flooding; and
Whereas, the emergency event was of such magnitude or severity as to render essential the Commonwealth's supplementation of county and municipal efforts and resources and the activation of all applicable state, county, and municipal emergency response plans; and
Now Therefore, pursuant to the provisions of section § 7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa.C.S. Section § 7101 et seq., I do hereby proclaim the existence of a disaster emergency in Bradford, Centre, Lycoming, and Sullivan Counties; and
Further, I authorized and directed that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or designee assume command and control of all statewide emergency operations and that all Commonwealth departments and agencies, under the direction of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or designee, utilize all available resources and personnel as was deemed necessary to cope with the magnitude and severity of this emergency event; and
Further, I hereby transfer up to $500,000 in unused appropriated funds to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, to be augmented as conditions require. The aforementioned funds shall be used for disaster related expenses. These funds shall be credited to a special account established by the Office of the Budget. All Commonwealth agencies purchasing supplies or services in response to this emergency are authorized to utilize the emergency procurement procedures set forth in section 516 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa.C.S. § 516. This Proclamation shall serve as the written determination of the basis for the emergency under 62 Pa.C.S. § 516; and
Further, I hereby directed the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to staff the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center for the duration of this emergency event and to augment it with personnel from other state agencies and departments. I also authorized the Agency to direct and coordinate the emergency response, recovery, and mitigation activities of other state agencies and departments as deemed necessary to deal with the exigencies of this disaster emergency through implementation of the State Emergency Operations Plan; and
Further, I hereby authorize the Secretary of Transportation to use all available equipment, resources, and personnel of the Department, in whatever manner that she deems necessary, to ensure that all state highways in the areas that may be affected by the emergency event are cleared of debris and any other obstructions resulting from this event and to ensure that highways, bridges, roadbeds, and related facilities and structures, including federal-aid highways, that may sustain damage in the disaster affected areas are immediately repaired, maintained, reconstructed, or replaced, or that new construction is undertaken where necessary; and
Further, I hereby suspend the provisions of any other regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of Commonwealth business, or the orders, rules or regulations of any Commonwealth agency, if strict compliance with the provisions of any statute, order, rule or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this emergency event. All Commonwealth agencies may implement their emergency assignments without regard to procedures required by other laws, except mandatory constitutional requirements, pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, and expenditures of public funds.
Given under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this sixteenth day of November two thousand sixteen, the year of the commonwealth the two hundred forty-first.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-2061. Filed for public inspection December 2, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]
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