Now it’s easier to put disaster dollars to work
When Colorado requested a Utah National Guard response to rebuild roads following severe flooding in 2013, the Guard nearly couldn’t go. They were willing. They had the manpower.
Fortunately, the State of Colorado had the ability to front the money for the Utah National Guard to deploy.
Fast forward to 2016: In March, Gov. Gary Herbert signed HB 14, sponsored by Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, into law. The bill takes effect May 10.
The new law allows the Division of Emergency Management to loan money from the Disaster Recovery Restricted Account, which has a current balance of around $19 million, to an agency or agent of the state to respond outside of Utah with the understanding that when a reimbursement is issued, funds will be deposited back into the Disaster Recovery Restricted Account.
HB0014 Emergency Services Account Loan Amendments
Authorizes the Division of Emergency Management to provide short-term loans to agents of the state for the purpose of providing emergency services to a member state of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact under certain conditions.
House Sponsor: Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield
Status: Governor signed 3/21/16