Executive Order

Executive Order No. 3: Division of state into nine civil defense regions; Organization of state Civil Defense Agency

Date: 10/18/1950
Issuer: Paul A. Dever
Amended by: Modified by Executive Order 25
Revoked by: Revoked by Executive Order 27

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WHEREAS, in carrying out the provisions of Acts of 1950, chapter 639, The Governor has been directed by said Act, and in particular by section 16 thereof, to utilize, to the maximum extent practicable, the services, equipment, supplies and facilities, and the officers and personnel, of existing departments, offices and agencies of the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, the officers and personnel of all such departments, offices and agencies of the Commonwealth have been directed by said Act, and in particular by said section 16, to co-operate with and extend such services and facilities to the Governor upon request; and

WHEREAS, the Governor has been authorized by said Act, and in particular by said section 16, to assign to a state agency any activity concerned with disaster preparedness and relief of a nature related to the existing powers and duties of such agency:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Paul A. Dever, Governor of the Commonwealth, acting under the provisions of Acts of 1950, chapter 639 and all other authority vested in me, do hereby issue this order as part of the comprehensive plan and program for the civil defense of the Commonwealth and as a necessary preparatory step in advance of actual disaster, emergency or catastrophe.

1.  For the purpose of administering the civil defense plan and program the Commonwealth is divided into nine regions as indicated on the Civil Defense Agency Regional Operations Map, designated as Appendix 1, which map is incorporated herein, by reference and made a part hereof.  

*(NOTE:  Appendix 1 Map is available at some Trial Court Law Libraries)

2.  There shall be, within the Civil Defense Agency of the Commonwealth, the following divisions: Administration; Medical and Health; Rescue, Transportation and Evacuation; Police; Fire; Communications; Utilities; Civilian War Aid.

The following departments, divisions and agencies of the Commonwealth are assigned as the sponsoring agencies, so-called, for the several divisions:

  • Commission on Administration and Finance: Administration Division;
  • Department of Public Health: Medical and Health Division;
  • Department of Public Works: Rescue; Transportation and Evacuation Division;
  • Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police: Police Division;
  • Department of Public Safety, Division of Fire Prevention: Fire Division;
  • Department of Public Safety, Division of State Police: Communications Division;
  • Department of Public Utilities: Utilities Division;
  • Department of Public Welfare: Civilian War Aid Division;

The sponsoring state agency for each division shall be assisted by the supporting state and private agencies indicated on the Civil Defense Agency Organization Plan, designated Appendix 2, which plan is incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof, and by such other supporting agencies as from time to time may be deemed necessary or appropriate.

*(NOTE:  Appendix 2 Plan is available at some Trial Court Law Libraries)

The following officers of the Commonwealth shall be ex officiis the heads of the several divisions:

  • Commissioner of Administration:  Administration Division;
  • Commissioner of Public Health:  Medical and Health Division;
  • Commissioner of Public Works:  Rescue, Transportation and Evacuation Division;
  • Commissioner of Public Safety:  Police Division;
  • State Fire Marshal:  Fire Division;
  • Commissioner of Public Safety:  Communications Divisions;
  • Chairman of the Department of Public Utilities:  Utilities Division;
  • Commissioner of Public Welfare:  Civilian War Aid Division.

3.  In each region there shall be a regional director, to be appointed by the Governor from among the mayors, selectmen and city and town managers of the cities and towns within the region.  The regional directors shall be responsible to the Governor and to the Director of Civil Defense of the Commonwealth (hereinafter called the "Director") for carrying out the program of civil defense within their respective regions, and shall have such additional authority, duties and responsibilities as may be prescribed by the Governor.
   
The Director may, in writing, authorize each regional director to incur such administrative expenses as may be necessary or expedient in carrying out the regional program of civil defense.  Such administrative expenses as are so authorized shall be approved in writing by the Director and charged to the appropriation of the Civil Defense Agency of the Commonwealth.

4.  In each region there shall also be boards of regional co-ordinators for the following services: medical and health; rescue; transportation and evacuation; police; fire; communications; utilities; civilian war aid. Regional co-ordinators shall be appointed by the Governor and shall serve at his pleasure.

Each board shall, by majority vote, elect a chairman and a vice-chairman and shall send to the office of the Governor and of the Director the names, addresses and telephone numbers of the persons so elected.  The chairmen of the several boards within each region shall constitute an advisory committee for the regional director.

Each regional co-ordinator shall designate, by a writing filed in the office of the Governor and of the Director, a qualified person to serve during his absence or disability.  Such designation shall not become effective until approved by the Governor and shall be revocable by the designating member or by the Governor or by the Director with the approval of the Governor.

5.  The regional co-ordinators for each service shall advise the regional director on matters pertaining to such service and shall have such additional authority, duties and responsibilities as may be prescribed by the Governor. They shall advise and assist the directors of the local organizations for civil defense in the development of mutual aid arrangements.

6.  In order for a local organization for civil defense to be established in accordance with the state civil defense plan and program as required by Acts of 1950, chapter 639, section 13, it shall include, in so far as practicable, the following divisions:  Administration; Medical and Health; Rescue, Transportation and Evacuation; Police; Fire; Communications; Utilities; Civilian War Aid.

Each such division shall utilize, to the maximum extent practicable, the services, equipment, supplies and facilities and the officers and personnel of existing departments, offices and agencies of the city or town.

7.  The state, regional and local organizations for civil defense, described herein, are shown on the Civil Defense Agency Organization Plan, referred to above.

8.  A mutual aid arrangement within the Commonwealth, developed under the provisions of Acts of 1950, chapter 639, section 14, by the director of a local organization for civil defense shall, when approved by the Director, be deemed to be consistent with the state civil defense plan and program as required by that section.

GIVEN at the Executive Chamber in Boston this eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventy-fifth.

By His Excellency the Governor, Paul A. Dever

Edward J. Cronin,
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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