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2016 Session

Budget Bill - HB29 (Chapter 732)

Department of Emergency Management

Item 394

Item 394 (Not set out)

First Year - FY2015Second Year - FY2016
Emergency Response and Recovery (77600)$23,104,689$23,179,019
Emergency Response and Recovery Services (77601)FY2015 $3,486,689FY2016 $3,561,019
Financial Assistance for Emergency Response and Recovery (77602)FY2015 $19,618,000FY2016 $19,618,000
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY2015 $415,904FY2016 $490,234
SpecialFY2015 $616,602FY2016 $616,602
Commonwealth TransportationFY2015 $1,106,877FY2016 $1,106,877
Federal TrustFY2015 $20,965,306FY2016 $20,965,306

Authority: Title 44, Chapters 3.2 through 3.5, §§ 44-146.17, 44-146.18(c), 44-146.22, 44-146.28(a) Code of Virginia.


A. Subject to authorization by the Governor, the Department of Emergency Management may employ persons to assist in response and recovery operations for emergencies or disasters declared either by the President of the United States or by the Governor of Virginia. Such employees shall be compensated solely with funds authorized by the Governor or the federal government for the emergency, disaster, or other specific event for which their employment was authorized. The Director, Department of Planning and Budget, is authorized to increase the agency's position level based on the number of positions approved by the Governor.


B. The Secretary of Finance, consistent with any Executive Order signed by the Governor, may provide the department anticipation loans in such amounts as may be needed to appropriately reimburse localities and state agencies for costs associated with Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) mission assignments.  Such loans shall be based on the reimbursements anticipated under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and, notwithstanding the provisions of § 4-3.02 b of this act, may be extended for a period longer than twelve months.


C.1. Localities receiving reimbursements from the department for Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) mission costs shall reimburse the Department of Emergency Management for any overpayments within sixty (60) days of written notification of such overpayment.


2. Overpayment amounts shall be based on the difference between the amount reimbursed to the locality by the Department of Emergency Management and the amount reimbursed to the Department of Emergency Management by the state requesting emergency aid under the Compact.


3. If the locality does not reimburse the Department of Emergency Management the overpaid amount within sixty (60) days of being notified, the Comptroller is authorized to withhold from any funds to be transferred to the locality the amount overpaid to the locality and transfer such withheld funds to the Department of Emergency Management.


D. Consistent with any Executive Order signed by the Governor, the Secretary of Finance or his designee may provide the department anticipation loans in such amounts as may be needed to appropriately reimburse the department for disaster related costs.  Such loans shall be based on the federal reimbursements anticipated in accordance with the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and, notwithstanding the provisions of § 4-3.02 b of this act, may be extended for a period longer than twelve months, if necessary.


E. The Department of Emergency Management shall report on the method of creation, the coordination between, the method of funding for, and its authority to use the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund, the Disaster Recovery Fund, and the Disaster Response Fund to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees by November 1, 2014.