2009 Rhode Island Code
Title 30 - Military Affairs and Defense
CHAPTER 30-15 - Emergency Management
§ 30-15-3 - Definitions.

SECTION 30-15-3

   § 30-15-3  Definitions. – As used in this chapter:

   (1) "Disaster" means occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man made cause, including but not limited to:

   (i) Fire;

   (ii) Flood;

   (iii) Earthquake;

   (iv) Wind, storm, wave action, oil spill, or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage;

   (v) Volcanic activity;

   (vi) Epidemic;

   (vii) Air contamination;

   (viii) Blight;

   (ix) Drought;

   (x) Infestation;

   (xi) Explosion;

   (xii) Riots;

   (xiii) Hostile military or paramilitary action;

   (xiv) Endangerment of the health, safety, or resources of the people of the state;

   (xv) Acts of bioterrorism;

   (2) "Political subdivision" means any city or town in Rhode Island;

   (3) "Unorganized militia" means all able-bodied persons between the ages of sixteen (16) and fifty (50) years; and

   (4) "Bioterrorism" means the intentional use of any microorganism, virus, infectious substance or biological product that may be engineered as a result of biotechnology or any naturally occurring or bioengineered component of any such microorganism, virus, infectious substance, or biological product, to cause death, disease or other biological malfunction in a human, an animal, a plant or other living organism.

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