State emergency Council
On June 14, 1979, then Governor Bruce Babbitt signed Executive Order Number 79-4 which designates the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Services (now Division of Emergency Management) responsible for the administration of any funds made available by the State of Arizona or by any agency of the Federal Government for meeting conditions constituting a state of emergency or a Presidential declaration of a major disaster. Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) Title 35, Chapter 1, Article 5, Section 192 authorizes liabilities and expenditures to be incurred and paid for as a result of emergencies declared by the Governor. The Governor is authorized to allocate up to $200,000 in emergency funds to a declared event; liabilities for any single event in excess of this cannot be made without consent of a majority of the members of the State Emergency Council. The aggregate amount of all liabilities incurred for disaster assistance for all open events within any fiscal year (July 1 through June 30) cannot exceed four million dollars.
The Council is convened by request of the Director of the Division of Emergency Management at intervals determined by the need for funding appropriation approvals by the Council. These appropriations allow for timely payment of claims to state agencies and political subdivisions of the state who have incurred costs deemed eligible for reimbursement under a declared emergency. Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) Title 26, Chapter 2, Article 1, Section 304 (link to website) establishes the council members as well as the powers and duties of the council.
In accordance with A.R.S.§35-192(E) a written report to the legislature is due not later than August 1 of each year. This report will outline the actions of the State Emergency Council during the preceding fiscal year to include an itemized statement of expenditures for each emergency. Below are links to reports for the last ten years (in PDF format).
qUARTERLY aUDIT rEPORtS
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