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  • Concerns Code Blue alert plans to shelter at-risk individuals. *
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2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill requires county emergency management coordinators to establish a Code Blue Program for at-risk individuals who require shelter during a severe weather event. The purpose of the Code Blue Program is to identify at-risk individuals prior to, or during, a severe weather event and assist those individuals in voluntarily finding appropriate shelter. The bill defines at-risk individual as an individual living outside, or in a building not meant for human habitation or which the person has no legal right to occupy. The phrase "severe weather event" is defined to include a snow emergency, excessive cold or heat, storms or other weather-related conditions, which may include temperatures equal to or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Under the Code Blue Program, county emergency management coordinators are required to declare a code blue alert within 24 hours prior to the onset of a severe weather event. Upon the declaration of a code blue alert, the county emergency management coordinator is to inform each municipal law enforcement agency in that county as well as the county police department, if appropriate, of the need to identify and locate at-risk individuals who may be in need of shelter. Municipal law enforcement agencies and county police departments would then conduct patrols to locate at-risk individuals, and transport or arrange for the transportation of those individuals to an appropriate shelter. The bill also requires county emergency management coordinators to inform each county and municipal welfare agency responsible for placing homeless families and persons in shelters of the need to increase the shelter bed capacity. The bill further requires counties to establish emergency shelters for the homeless, which have been authorized by a public officer of the municipality or the Department of Community Affairs, to provide shelter, or food and shelter, to a specified number of individuals in excess of its licensed capacity because of emergency conditions. Finally, the bill requires each county office of emergency management to conduct a public awareness campaign, utilizing the Internet and any other available resources, to inform the general public of the code blue program and the importance of identifying at-risk individuals prior to a severe weather event so that appropriate shelter preparations may be made.
2nd Reading in Assembly to Concur with Senate Amendments, 2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Homeland Security and State Preparedness, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses, Passed Senate
Approved P.L.2017, c.68.  (on 5/11/2017)
Date Chamber Action Description
5/11/2017 A Approved P.L.2017, c.68.
3/16/2017 A Passed Assembly (Passed Both Houses) (65-6-3)
2/15/2017 A Received in the Assembly, 2nd Reading on Concurrence
2/13/2017 S Passed by the Senate (32-3)
2/13/2017 S Substituted for S1088 (SCS)
1/30/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee with Amendments, 2nd Reading
1/30/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 1/30/2017 A-4146 (2R) is pending referral.)
1/30/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (13:00 1/30/2017 Committee Room 4, 1st Floor)
1/9/2017 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
12/19/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (63-9-5)
4/4/2016 A Reported from Assembly Comm. as a Substitute, 2nd Reading
4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Hearing (13:00 4/4/2016 Committee Room 11, 4th Floor)
3/3/2016 A Reported and Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee
3/3/2016 Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Hearing (14:00 3/3/2016 Committee Room 12, 4th Floor)
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/16/2017 Assembly Floor: Concur in Senate Amendments 65 6 9
Detail 2/13/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 32 3 5
Detail 2/13/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S1088 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 1/30/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported with Amendments 12 0 1
Detail 12/19/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 63 9 8
Detail 4/4/2016 Assembly Appropriations Committee: Reported with Substitution 6 3 2
Detail 3/3/2016 Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee: Reported Favorably 4 1 1