State of Nevada Executive Order - Executive Department

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2018-4 

Implementation of Nevada's Statewide Resilience Strategy

WHEREAS, Nevada experienced unprecedented emergencies and disasters during calendar year 2017
WHEREAS, these incidents resulted in disruption and tragedy throughout Nevada, however, they also displayed Nevada's commitment to recovery and to building a stronger Nevada based on lessons learned from these incidents;
WHEREAS, Nevada's 2016 strategic plan, "Generations to Come: Nevada's Strategic Planning Framework," called for Nevada's emergency management vision to align with nationally-established resilience models;
WHEREAS, the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group was created by an Executive Order issued on March 3, 2008, and amended by Executive Order 2011-31 in December 15, 2011, and again by Executive Order 2015-32 on November 16, 2016;
WHEREAS, pursuant to these Executive Orders, the Chief of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management and the Chair of the Las Vegas Urban Area serve as the Co­-Chairs of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group;
WHEREAS, Nevada's lessons learned from its unprecedented year, its commitment to recovering fully, and its established policy development and implementation framework through the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group can be combined to build and implement a plan for building statewide resilience; and
WHEREAS,Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: "The supreme executive of
this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada."
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
  1. The Co-Chairs of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group shall continue working to recover from the unprecedented events of 2017, expand the existing foundation for statewide preparedness, and align efforts for increased resilience ahead of the 2019 legislative and budget cycles. The Division of Emergency Management shall staff the processes outlined below under the direction of the Co-Chairs of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group and under the guidance and oversight of the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security.
  2. Effective immediately, the Co-Chairs of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group shall ensure that various grant sources are used as effectively and efficiently as possible in order to best recover from the emergencies and disasters in Nevada in 2017. This should include the following efforts:
    1. Appointing a reduced number of members of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group for the 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program cycle, all of whom are voting members, in order to ensure focus on sustainment efforts, addressing immediate needs, and maintaining an efficient process. Unless they are representing agencies or regions that have not previously been appointed, appointees for the 2018 cycle will be members who have served on the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group previously, and all shall be notified of their appointment or reappointment by the Co-Chairs. Appointees may include representatives of the following jurisdictions, areas, or organizations:
      1. DPS, Division of Emergency Management;
      2. Clark County Office of Emergency Management;
      3. Inter-Tribal Council;
      4. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department;
      5. City of Las Vegas;
      6. City of Henderson;
      7. City of North Las Vegas;
      8. Washoe County;
      9. Washoe County Sheriff's Office;
      10. Northeastern Nevada;
      11. Southeastern Nevada;
      12. Western Nevada;
      13. Central Nevada;
      14. Office of Cyber Defense Coordination;
      15. Nevada National Guard;
      16. McCarran International Airport; and,
      17. Nevada Hospital Association.
       
    2. The Co-Chairs shall develop a prioritized list of specific needs ahead of the 2018 Homeland Security Grant Program cycle, which is to be based on recommendations developed during the ongoing after action review processes for events in 2017. Additionally, the Co-Chairs shall develop a prioritized list of homeland security capacities and capabilities that currently exist and are essential for sustainment for funding for the 2018 grant cycle. The Nevada Homeland Security Working Group shall consider these priorities when developing their recommendations to the Finance Committee of the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security.
    3. The policies and procedures of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group as established and amended through Executive Orders shall otherwise remain in effect.
  3. The Co-Chairs of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group shall build upon the existing foundation for statewide preparedness and the vision for statewide resilience by developing and updating plans for and implementing the following efforts: 
    1. The Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management shall update the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan as well as the Response and Recovery Guide with review and input from federal, state, tribal, local, private sector, and non-profit partners by September 15, 2018. 
    2. Directors of state-level Department shall provide updates regarding capabilities to the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management regarding services and resources available during emergencies.
    3. The Co-Chairs shall develop and implement a training program for the State Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and the Response and Recovery Guide for Directors and identified key leaders for Department-level agencies within state government to be completed by December 31, 2018.
    4. The Co-Chairs shall develop and implement a training program for the State Recovery Framework and agency roles during activation as Recovery Support Functions for Directors and identified key leaders for Department-level agencies within state government to be completed by December 31, 2018.
    5. Under the authority of NRS 414.300, the Co-Chairs shall develop regulations for information sharing protocols for HIPAA-protected information and Personally Identifiable Information between federal, state, tribal, local, private sector, and non-profit partners during emergencies. These regulations shall include training requirements for state and local agencies to ensure understanding of the information sharing protocols.
    6. The Co-Chairs shall also establish a state-specific certification standard for emergency managers in the state.
     
  4. The Co-Chairs of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group shall develop for approval by the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security a five-year resilience strategy to align statewide emergency management and homeland security initiatives through the following efforts: 
    1. Working with federal, state, tribal, local, private sector, and non-profit partners, the Co­Chairs of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group shall provide a statewide resilience strategy to the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security no later than July 1, 2018. The statewide resilience strategy shall include at a minimum the following items: 
      1. Proposals for streamlining the numerous commissions, boards, and committees that advise the Division of Emergency Management through the creation of a statewide resilience commission.
      2. Proposals for streamlining various grants processes that impact emergency management and homeland security.
      3. Proposals for incentivizing local partners through grants and other preparedness opportunities to engage in local resilience models.
      4. Proposals for a regional approach to resilience and preparedness, to include recommendations to fund a Regional Emergency Operations Center in the Las Vegas Urban Area.
      5. Proposals for partnership with institutions within the Nevada System of Higher Education.
       
    2. The Co-Chairs shall provide the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security a final list of legislative recommendations for consideration and approval for the 2019 Legislative Session in the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group Report due June 30, 2018.
    3. The Co-Chairs shall provide a comprehensive After Action Report of the Las Vegas mass casualty event to the Homeland Security Commission by October 1, 2018.
    4. The Co-Chairs shall provide to the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security a Resilience and Preparedness Report by October 15, 2018.
    5. The Co-Chairs will work with both Fusion Centers within the state to develop a joint threat assessment by November 15, 2018.
    6. The Co-Chairs shall provide the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment for both the state and the Las Vegas Urban Area, as well as the State Preparedness Report to the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security no later than December 31, 2018. These reports shall include specific reports by local, state, and tribal agencies, and shall coincide with the final report of the Nevada Homeland Security Working Group.
     

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 12th day of  March, in the year two thousand  eighteen.