ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 170
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
January 17, 1997
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, make the
following findings concerning emergency management in Alaska:
1. There are numerous natural and human created hazards that
can and do affect the people of the State of Alaska, including
earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, floods, fire, weather extremes,
hazardous materials, transportation accidents, and energy shortages.
2. Individual state agencies need to have sufficient resources
and plans to effectively manage the emergencies resulting from
3. There is a need to ensure that all state agencies and personnel
utilize common terminology, compatible communications, consolidated
action plans, unified command, and comprehensive resource management
during emergencies or disasters.
4. The Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Division
of Emergency Services (DES), has the responsibility under the
Alaska Disaster Act to prepare and maintain a state emergency
plan which includes provisions for prompt and effective response
to disasters, emergency relief, organization of personnel and
chains of command, and preventive and preparedness measures to
eliminate or reduce disasters or their impact.
5. It is essential to ensure that all state and local emergency
agencies and personnel coordinate their efforts to efficiently
and effectively provide emergency response and recovery operations
for the people of Alaska.
Under the authority of art. III, Sec. 1 of the Alaska
Constitution and AS 26.23.020, I,
Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, hereby order:
1. Adoption of the National Interagency Incident Management
System-Incident Command System (NIIMS/ICS) as the state command
and control system for emergency response and recovery operations,
and that NIMS/ICS be incorporated into all emergency plans for
state agencies prepared under state law.
2. Establishment of State Interagency Incident Management
Teams and the infrastructure to support them and make them available
for emergency response and recovery operations in Alaska.
3. Adoption of the Incident Command System National Training
Curriculum (ICS/NTC) as the primary foundation for training state
personnel who may be involved in incident response and recovery
operations in Alaska. DES shall take the lead in coordinating
and achieving this goal and shall encourage federal, local, and
private parties involved in incident response and recovery to
participate in ICS/NTC.
4. Participation by each state agency with necessary personnel
and monetary resources, consistent with state law, to assist
DES in developing and executing a statewide emergency management
system, including development of the State Interagency Incident
Management Teams and supporting infrastructure.
5. Administrative Order No. 135 dated April 26, 1993 is hereby
This order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 17 day of January, 1997.