ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 190
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
July 3, 2001
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, make the
following findings concerning disaster planning in Alaska:
1. AS 26.23.070 of the Alaska Disaster Act provides for the
designation by Governor's Order of an interjurisdictional disaster
planning and service area encompassing two or more adjoining
political subdivisions when certain factors exist that make it
difficult for the political subdivisions to maintain an efficient
and effective disaster prevention, preparedness, response, and
recovery system without an interjurisdictional relationship.
These factors may include the political subdivisions' small or
sparse population, significantly limited financial resources,
unusual vulnerability to disaster, interrelated character, or
other relevant factors.
2. Communities in northern Southeast Alaska outside of Juneau,
Sitka, and Petersburg that are in the Northern Southeast Local
Emergency Planning District are experiencing difficulties in
establishing and maintaining an efficient and effective disaster
prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery system without
an interjurisdictional relationship.
3. The difficulties are due primarily to the sparse population
in the area, the small population of the communities, and their
limited financial resources, making maintenance of separate disaster
agencies and services unreasonably burdensome. The communities
are interrelated because of their location in relative proximity
to each other and to regional centers; their similar topography
as coastal communities; their similar economies, based on tourism,
fishing, seafood processing, and logging; and the similar risks
they face, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, hazardous substance
releases, and fires.
4. The creation of an interjurisdictional disaster planning
and service area will allow the communities collectively to pool
their limited resources to meet the matching money requirements
of various grant sources.
Under the authority of art. III, sec. 1, of the Alaska Constitution
and AS 26.23.070, I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska,
order the following:
1. The Northern Southeast Interjurisdictional Disaster Planning
and Service Area is established, consisting of the communities
in the area from Yakutat south to a line from the Southern tip
of Baranof Island, east across Sumner Strait to the Stikine River,
and north and west along the Alaska/British Columbia border to
the Gulf of Alaska, excluding the City and Borough of Juneau,
the City and Borough of Sitka, the City of Petersburg, and the
City of Kupreanof. Included in the Northern Southeast Interjurisdictional
Disaster Planning and Service Area are the City and Borough of
Yakutat, the Haines Borough, the Cities of Haines, Skagway, Pelican,
Tenakee Springs, Port Alexander, Hoonah, and Angoon, the unincorporated
communities of Cube Cove, Elfin Cove, Freshwater Bay, Gustavus,
Hobart Bay, Rowan Bay, Whitestone, Game Creek, and Klukwan, and
other communities within the boundaries described above.
2. The Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, Division
of Emergency Services, shall work with these communities to prepare
an areawide disaster and emergency services plan. For those communities
that have adopted local plans, the areawide plan will supplement,
but not supersede, the local plans.
The communities listed above are encouraged to enter into
response agreements and as a whole continue completing the steps
necessary to receive financing as an interjurisdictional disaster
planning and service area. This will enable the communities to
compete collectively for the limited amount of Emergency Management
Program Grant money available, and will allow the required match
to be met by the entire planning and service area, alleviating
the burden on any single community.
This Order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 3rd day of July, 2001.