Governor signs emergency proclamation in preparation for Hurricane Ignacio

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Governor David Ige signed an emergency proclamation (PDF) in anticipation for the arrival for Hurricane Ignacio.

While the National Weather Service advised the governor that the forecast track is highly uncertain, Ignacio does have the ability to cause widespread damage.

The proclamation activates the Major Disaster Fund set aside by the legislature for disaster relief for the entire state.

It also allows easier access to emergency resources at the state and federal levels, along with the ability to suspend certain laws as needed for emergency purposes.

The cone of uncertainty presents the probable track of a tropical cyclone and the area over which the center is most likely to pass. The path of the cone can be extremely unpredictable and the center of a storm can fall anywhere within that cone.

[§127A-16] Major disaster fund. (a) The director shall submit requests to the legislature to appropriate from the general revenues of the State sufficient moneys as may be necessary for expenditure by or under the direction of the governor for immediate relief in response to an emergency or disaster in any part of the State; provided that: (1) The governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency;(2) The governor may not expend in excess of $2,000,000 for immediate relief as a result of any single emergency or disaster; and(3) In addition to the funds in paragraph (2), an additional $2,000,000 may be made available solely for the purpose of matching federal disaster relief funds when these funds become available to the State following a presidential disaster declaration.In expending the moneys, the governor may allot any portion thereof to any agency, office, or employee of the State or a county for the most efficient relief for the population. Notwithstanding this subsection, the only exception to [paragraphs (1),] (2), and (3) is that the director may use up to $100,000 per year to support emergency reserve corps training. (b) Federal reimbursement moneys for disaster relief shall be deemed to be trust moneys and may be deposited into a trust account with and under the control of the department of defense. These moneys and any interest earned thereon shall be used for the purpose identified in subsection (a) and shall not lapse to the general fund. [L 2014, c 111, pt of §2]

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