83R12083 SCL-F
  By: Cortez H.B. No. 3261
  relating to the establishment of the disaster identification system
  for a state of disaster.
         SECTION 1.  Section 418.004, Government Code, is amended by
  adding Subdivision (3-a) to read as follows:
               (3-a) "Illuminated display" means a device that:
                     (A)  displays blue, green, red, and yellow colors;
                     (B)  provides continuous illumination for at
  least 72 hours;
                     (C)  displays a flashing and a steady light;
                     (D)  is reusable; and
                     (E)  is water-resistant up to 30 feet.
         SECTION 2.  Section 418.015(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  An executive order or proclamation declaring a state of
               (1)  activates the disaster recovery and
  rehabilitation aspects of the state emergency management plan
  applicable to the area subject to the declaration; [and]
               (2)  authorizes the deployment and use of any forces to
  which the plan applies and the use or distribution of any supplies,
  equipment, and materials or facilities assembled, stockpiled, or
  arranged to be made available under this chapter or other law
  relating to disasters; and
               (3)  activates for the area subject to the declaration
  the disaster identification system described by Section 418.0155.
         SECTION 3.  Subchapter B, Chapter 418, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 418.0155 to read as follows:
         Sec. 418.0155.  DISASTER IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM. (a) In an
  area subject to a declaration of a state of disaster under Section
  418.014, a person may use an illuminated display to communicate
  with disaster relief personnel. A person who elects to participate
  in the disaster identification system shall:
               (1)  affix to each individual and domesticated animal
  in the person's household an illuminated display of the following
                     (A)  blue for men 18 years of age or older;
                     (B)  green for women 18 years of age or older;
                     (C)  red for children younger than 18 years of
  age; and
                     (D)  yellow for animals; and
               (2)  using the illuminated display, signal to disaster
  relief personnel responding to the area after the disaster with:
                     (A)  a solid light on the display of each
  household member who is healthy and not in need of medical
  assistance; or
                     (B)  a flashing light on the display of each
  household member who is in need of medical assistance.
         (b)  Disaster relief personnel shall, if practicable, patrol
  the designated disaster area by air at night to locate persons with
  activated illuminated displays.
         SECTION 4.  Section 418.042(a), Government Code, is amended
  to read as follows:
         (a)  The division shall prepare and keep current a
  comprehensive state emergency management plan.  The plan may
               (1)  provisions for prevention and minimization of
  injury and damage caused by disaster;
               (2)  provisions for prompt and effective response to
               (3)  provisions for emergency relief;
               (4)  provisions for energy emergencies;
               (5)  identification of areas particularly vulnerable
  to disasters;
               (6)  recommendations for zoning, building
  restrictions, and other land-use controls, safety measures for
  securing mobile homes or other nonpermanent or semipermanent
  structures, and other preventive and preparedness measures
  designed to eliminate or reduce disasters or their impact;
               (7)  provisions for assistance to local officials in
  designing local emergency management plans;
               (8)  authorization and procedures for the erection or
  other construction of temporary works designed to protect against
  or mitigate danger, damage, or loss from flood, fire, or other
               (9)  preparation and distribution to the appropriate
  state and local officials of state catalogs of federal, state, and
  private assistance programs;
               (10)  organization of manpower and channels of
               (11)  coordination of federal, state, and local
  emergency management activities;
               (12)  coordination of the state emergency management
  plan with the emergency management plans of the federal government;
               (13)  coordination of federal and state energy
  emergency plans;
               (14)  provisions for providing information to local
  officials on activation of the Emergency Alert System established
  under 47 C.F.R. Part 11;
               (15)  a database of public facilities that may be used
  under Section 418.017 to shelter individuals during a disaster,
  including air-conditioned facilities for shelter during an extreme
  heat disaster and fortified structures for shelter during a wind
               (16)  provisions for quickly replenishing the food
  supplies of area food banks or food pantries following a disaster;
               (17) provisions for the use of the disaster
  identification system described by Section 418.0155; and
               (18) [(17)]  other necessary matters relating to
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2013.