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« on: August 12, 2007, 03:21:32 PM »
Illinois Pet Disaster Bill Signed Into Law
Legislation mandates that state disaster plans include care for pets and
service animals.

Public Act 094-1081


(20 ILCS 3305/4) (from Ch. 127, par. 1054)
Sec. 4. Definitions. As used in this Act, unless the
context clearly indicates otherwise, the following words and
terms have the meanings ascribed to them in this Section:

"Coordinator" means the staff assistant to the principal
executive officer of a political subdivision with the duty of
coordinating the emergency management programs of that
political subdivision.

"Disaster" means an occurrence or threat of widespread or
severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting
from any natural or technological cause, including but not
limited to fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, hazardous
materials spill or other water contamination requiring
emergency action to avert danger or damage, epidemic, air
contamination, blight, extended periods of severe and
inclement weather, drought, infestation, critical shortages of
essential fuels and energy, explosion, riot, hostile military
or paramilitary action, public health emergencies, or acts of
domestic terrorism.

"Emergency Management" means the efforts of the State and
the political subdivisions to develop, plan, analyze, conduct,
provide, implement and maintain programs for disaster
mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

"Emergency Services and Disaster Agency" means the agency
by this name, by the name Emergency Management Agency, or by
any other name that is established by ordinance within a
political subdivision to coordinate the emergency management
program within that political subdivision and with private
organizations, other political subdivisions, the State and
federal governments.

"Emergency Operations Plan" means the written plan of the
State and political subdivisions describing the organization,
mission, and functions of the government and supporting
services for responding to and recovering from disasters and
shall include plans that take into account the needs of those
individuals with household pets and service animals following a
major disaster or emergency.

"Emergency Services" means the coordination of functions
by the State and its political subdivision, other than
functions for which military forces are primarily responsible,
as may be necessary or proper to prevent, minimize, repair, and
alleviate injury and damage resulting from any natural or
technological causes. These functions include, without
limitation, fire fighting services, police services, emergency
aviation services, medical and health services, HazMat and
technical rescue teams, rescue, engineering, warning services,
communications, radiological, chemical and other special
weapons defense, evacuation of persons from stricken or
threatened areas, emergency assigned functions of plant
protection, temporary restoration of public utility services
and other functions related to civilian protection, together
with all other activities necessary or incidental to protecting
life or property.

Executive Director of Karl's Kids Program, Inc.
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