Friday, March 13, 2020
What Does 'State Of Emergency' Really Mean??? TKC Reader Alternative Take . . .
This one was sent our way and SIGNED . . . The message is reassuring and hopes to educate the public. At the very least, this is an interesting perspective to consider amid the dearth of local announcements as KCMO, Jackson County, Johnson County, Missouri & Kansas have all employed this "emergency" strategy . . .
In fairness, it should be noted that all of these emergency declarations have come with guidelines that prevent large gatherings and warnings concerning public health which do, in fact, impact the safety of residents.
However, the technical distinction contented is worth a look . . .
TKC Reader: Emergency Declaration
"I am a retired FEMA employee and want to point out just what an Emergency Declaration is and is not.
"It IS a legally necessary document and declaration which authorizes a chief executive, at every level of government, to undertake actions not normally allowed by law. It may, and usually does, authorize the expenditure of funds previously appropriated to meet urgent needs. It may also allow the expenditure of funds without the delay normally incurred through the routine appropriation process.
"It does NOT mean an emergency exists in the way a citizen would rationally conclude a threat or emergency applies to them or their family.
"It is sad that no one in the media has taken an interest in clearly educating the public about the legal, versus actual, meaning oif this term."
You decide . . .