State Emergency Council

State Emergency Council

Following a man-made or natural disaster, the Governor has the authority to issue a Declaration of Emergency, which among other things may allocate funds to respond to and recover from the event. The Governor is allowed to allocate up to $200,000 per event. Expenditures and requests this beyond amount are referred to the State Emergency Council for approval and award.

Executive Order Number 79-4 designates the Director of the Arizona 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

Arizona Revised Statute (A.R.S.) Title 26, Chapter 2, Article 1, Section 304 establishes the council members as well as the powers and duties of the 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.

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.