Many Casinos Fail To File Emergency Plans

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

More than 100 large Nevada resorts have failed to submit emergency response plans to state and local authorities as required under a new homeland security law, officials said.

Despite the violations, Nevada Homeland Security Adviser Jerry Bussell said the state has little recourse because the law has no enforcement provision.

During a meeting Thursday of Nevada's Homeland Security Commission, Bussell also said the state also doesn't have an accurate list of how many properties fall under the law's umbrella.

Bussell said he sent letters to hotel resorts with more than 200 rooms reminding them of the law.

Still, he said only 49 of about 160 resorts statewide have submitted plans to the state Division of Emergency Management.

The plans, called for under homeland security legislation passed this summer, are designed to protect casino visitors in the event of an attack.

They would ensure firefighters and other emergency responders know how the state's large hotels would react in the event of a terrorist attack or another disaster.

"When one stays at a hotel or motel or whatever, there is an implied responsibility that that property has put in the requisite plans and safety measures to protect them," Bussell said.

"To me, this is more of an information problem, than a compliance problem," Bussell added.

The commission asked the Division of Emergency Management to send another letter to the hotels that haven't complied.


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