ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 36
Disaster Preparedness and Response
JAY S. HAMMOND
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
September 1, 1976
WHEREAS, emergency or disaster conditions resulting from fire,
explosion, flood, wind-driven water, storm, tsunami, earthquake,
volcanic eruption, landslide, or other catastrophes are an ever-present
danger in this State; and
WHEREAS, the harmful effects of such conditions to the citizens
of Alaska can be mitigated by effective disaster preparedness
planning and rapid, competent disaster response; and
WHEREAS, it is the duty of all State officials to assume active
leadership in disaster preparedness and response;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAY S. HAMMOND, Governor of the State of
Alaska by virtue of the authority vested in me by Sections 23
and 24, Article III, Constitution of the State of Alaska, do
hereby assign to the Alaska Disaster Office, Department of Military
Affairs, the responsibility for coordination of the activities
of the principal offices and departments of the State in carrying
out the functions under the Alaska Statutes, Title 44, Part 2,
appropriate to disaster preparation and response.
a. Disaster Preparedness Planning. The overall disaster response
planning effort is the responsibility of and will be coordinated
by the Alaska Disaster Office. Each office and department will
contribute to the pre-disaster planning effort in the functional
area or areas for which they can be expected to perform in response
to disaster emergencies. Disaster response functional statements
which are basic to the planning effort will be developed by the
appropriate State department or agency in consort with the Alaska
b. Disaster Response. State agencies and activities committed
to or engaged in disaster response functions will:
(1) undertake those actions necessary and appropriate for
(2) remain in communication with, and coordinate emergency
activities with the Director, Alaska Disaster Office.
(3) coordinate with participating counterpart local, federal,
and other agencies.
(4) provide qualified personnel to serve as members of teams
to be dispatched to the scene of a disaster when skills peculiar
to the agency are needed for emergency relief, damage assessment
and survey, and other appropriate response and recovery functions.
(5) be responsible for travel, per diem, and overtime costs
of their representatives, subject to possible reimbursement from
the disaster relief or other State funds.
(6) insure that all public information concerning disaster
response actions is coordinated with, or released by the Governor's
c. Definition. As used in this Order, an emergency or disaster
condition means those circumstances threatened or caused by an
hurricane, tornado, storm, flood, high water, wind-driven water,
tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide,
mudslide, snowstorm, drought, fire, explosion, or other catastrophe
in any part of the State, other than war caused, which has or,
unless immediately arrested, will cause serious damage, casualties,
or other harmful effects to the citizens of Alaska, their belongings,
society, environment, or economy.
This order takes effect immediately.
Dated at Juneau, Alaska, this 1 day of September, 1976.
S/S Jay S. Hammond
Jay S. Hammond
Governor of Alaska