2011 Kentucky Revised Statutes
CHAPTER 39G KENTUCKY OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY
39G.010 Kentucky Office of Homeland Security executive director -- Duties -- Delegation of duties -- Notification of disaster or emergency.
39G.010 Kentucky Office of Homeland Security executive director -- Duties -Delegation of duties -- Notification of disaster or emergency.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security shall be attached to the Office of the
Governor and shall be headed by an executive director appointed by the Governor.
The executive director shall:
(a) Publicize the findings of the General Assembly stressing the dependence on
Almighty God as being vital to the security of the Commonwealth by
including the provisions of KRS 39A.285(3) in its agency training and
educational materials. The executive director shall also be responsible for
prominently displaying a permanent plaque at the entrance to the state's
Emergency Operations Center stating the text of KRS 39A.285(3);
(b) Establish and chair an interagency working group composed of the chair of the
Senate Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee, the chair
of the House of Representatives Seniors, Military Affairs, and Public Safety
Committee, state agency representation, and private agency representation.
The working group shall have the purpose of identifying risks and needs and
making a complete assessment of the preparedness of the Commonwealth to
respond to acts of war or terrorism, including nuclear, biological, chemical,
electromagnetic pulse, agro-, eco-, or cyber-terrorism;
(c) Serve as the State Appointed Administrator for the United States Department
of Homeland Security;
(d) Implement all homeland security presidential and gubernatorial directives,
including directives pertaining to state and local compliance with the National
Incident Management System;
(e) Coordinate the efforts of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security with the
efforts of the federal Department of Homeland Security;
(f) Accept and allocate any homeland security funds in compliance with
applicable federal and state laws and administrative regulations; and
(g) Inform the members of the General Assembly of the process by which a public
agency applies for a federal homeland security grant and shall provide the
following information to the members at least ninety (90) days before an
The application deadline;
How a public agency can obtain an application form;
How a public agency can obtain assistance in filling out an application
Any other information that would be helpful to a public agency
interested in applying for a federal homeland security grant.
The executive director may delegate responsibilities created under this section to
another executive branch agency.
The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security shall:
Develop and publish a comprehensive statewide homeland security strategy
that coordinates state and local efforts to detect, deter, mitigate, and respond
to a terrorist incident;
(b) Develop a comprehensive strategy addressing how state and federal funds and
other assistance will be allocated within the state to purchase specialized
equipment required to prevent and respond effectively and safely to terrorist
(c) Urge the state and local governments to exceed minimum federal
requirements for receiving assistance in preparing to respond to acts of war or
terrorism in the hope that the Commonwealth will become a national leader in
(d) Provide information explaining how individuals and private organizations,
including volunteer and religious organizations, can best prepare for and
respond to incidents contemplated by this section and to other threatened,
impending, or declared emergencies and whom to contact should they desire
to volunteer help or services during such an emergency. The program shall
identify and encourage these private organizations to specifically commit to
provide food, shelter, personnel, equipment, materials, consultation, and
advice, or other services needed to respond to these incidents; and
(e) Promulgate any administrative regulations necessary to carry out the
provisions of this chapter.
The adjutant general, or his or her designee, shall concurrently notify the Governor
and the executive director of the Office of Homeland Security of a disaster or
emergency involving homeland security. The adjutant general, or his or her
designee, shall be the Governor's primary point of contact for managing and
responding to a disaster or emergency involving homeland security.
Effective: July 12, 2006
History: Created 2006 Ky. Acts ch. 193, sec. 1, effective July 12, 2006.
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