Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–2301(Perm). Definitions.

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As used in this chapter the term:

(1) “Communicable disease” means that term as it is defined in § 7-132(2).

(1A) “District of Columbia response plan” means the District of Columbia’s state plan for public emergency preparedness and prevention prepared pursuant to § 201 of the Disaster Relief Act of 1974 (42 U.S.C. § 5121) and § 7-2302.

(1B) “Health care provider” means any person or entity who provides health care services, including hospitals, medical clinics and officers, special care facilities, medical laboratories, physicians, pharmacists, dentists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered and other nurses, paramedics, emergency medical or laboratory technicians, and ambulance and emergency medical workers.

(2) “Mayor” means the Mayor of the District of Columbia or his or her designated agent.

(3) “Public emergency” means any disaster, catastrophe, or emergency situation where the health, safety, or welfare of persons in the District of Columbia is threatened by reason of the actual or imminent consequences within the District of Columbia of:

(A) Enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action;

(B) Severe and unanticipated resource shortage;

(C) Fire;

(D) Flood, earthquake, or other serious act of nature;

(E) Serious civil disorder;

(F) Any serious industrial, nuclear, or transportation accident;

(G) Explosion, conflagration, power failure;

(H) Injurious environmental contamination which threatens or causes damage to life, health, or property; or

(I) Outbreak of a communicable disease that threatens or causes damage to life, health, or property.

(4) “Resource” means, but is not limited to, natural gas, heating fuel, automotive fuel, electricity, water, and food.