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  44.023.  Disaster volunteer program established, agency's duties — expenses — immunity from liability, exception. — 1.  The Missouri state emergency management agency shall establish and administer an emergency volunteer program to be activated in the event of a disaster whereby volunteer architects and professional engineers registered under chapter 327 and construction contractors, equipment dealers and other owners and operators of construction equipment may volunteer the use of their services and equipment, either manned or unmanned, for up to three days as requested and needed by the state emergency management agency.

  2.  In the event of a disaster, the enrolled volunteers shall, where needed, assist local jurisdictions and local building inspectors to provide essential demolition, cleanup or other related services and to determine whether buildings affected by a disaster:

  (1)  Have not sustained serious damage and may be occupied;

  (2)  Must be vacated temporarily pending repairs; or

  (3)  Must be demolished in order to avoid hazards to occupants or other persons.

  3.  Any person when utilized as a volunteer under the emergency volunteer program shall have his incidental expenses paid by the local jurisdiction for which the volunteer service is provided.

  4.  Architects and professional engineers, construction contractors, equipment dealers and other owners and operators of construction equipment and the companies with which they are employed, working under the emergency volunteer program, shall not be personally liable either jointly or separately for any act or acts committed in the performance of their official duties as emergency volunteers except in the case of willful misconduct or gross negligence.

  5.  Any individuals, employers, partnerships, corporations or proprietorships, that are working under the emergency volunteer program providing demolition, cleanup, removal or other related services, shall not be liable for any acts committed in the performance of their official duties as emergency volunteers except in the case of willful misconduct or gross negligence.

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(L. 1991 S.B. 265 § l, A.L. 2002 S.B. 712)


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