34-48A-5 Authority of Governor in time of disaster, terrorist attack, or emergency.
Authority of Governor in time of disaster, terrorist attack, or emergency.
event of disaster, war, act of terrorism as defined in state law, or emergency that is beyond local
government capability, the Governor:
May assume direct operational control over all or any part of the emergency management
functions within the state which may affect all or any portion of the state;
May declare an emergency or disaster to exist in the stricken area and employ emergency
management to assist local authorities to affect relief and restoration;
May call upon and use any facilities, equipment, other nonmedical supplies, and resources
available from any source, other than personal or private funds, in order to carry out the
purposes of this chapter by contributing to the expense incurred in providing relief in such
amounts as the Governor shall determine. However, nothing in this subdivision may be
construed to authorize the taking of firearms, as defined in subdivision 22-1-2(16),
without the consent of the owner;
May suspend the provisions of any rules of any state agency, if strict compliance with the
provisions of the rule would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in
managing a disaster, war, act of terrorism, or emergency, including fire, flood, earthquake,
severe high and low temperatures, tornado storm, wave action, oil spill, or other water or
air contamination, epidemic, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, riot, or hostile
military or paramilitary action, which is determined by the Governor to require state or
state and federal assistance or actions to supplement the recovery efforts of local
governments in alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused thereby;
May control the ingress and egress in a designated disaster or emergency area, the
movement of vehicles upon highways within the area, the movement of persons within
the area, and the occupancy of premises within the area;
May procure, acquire, store, distribute, and dispense any pharmaceutical agents or medical
supplies located within the state as may be reasonable and necessary to respond to the
disaster, emergency, or act of terrorism;
May appoint and prescribe the duties of such out-of-state health care providers as may be
reasonable and necessary to respond to the disaster, emergency, or act of terrorism;
May provide for the examination and safe disposal of any dead body as may be reasonable
and necessary to respond to the disaster, emergency, or act of terrorism; and
May provide for the protection, construction or reconstruction, repair, and maintenance
of public or private transportation facilities.
The powers granted to the Governor under this section shall remain in effect for a period of six
months and may be restored for one or more successive six-month periods by declaration of the
Governor that the conditions permitting such powers persist.
Source: SL 1949, ch 236, § 6; SL 1951, ch 285, § 6; SL 1955, ch 236, § 3; SDC Supp 1960,
§ 41.01C05 (1); SL 1977, ch 271, § 4; SL 1989, ch 283, § 1; SL 2002, ch 162, §§ 1, 2; SL 2004, ch
223, § 1; SDCL § 33-15-8.