(210 ILCS 50/3.21)
    Sec. 3.21. Hospital first responders. The General Assembly finds that in the event of terrorist acts, especially those involving the release of biological agents, bacteria, viruses, or other agents intended to cause illness or injury, hospitals serve as first responders in diagnosing and treating the victims of those acts. As first responders, hospitals are on the front lines of the State's emergency management efforts. Given the increased demands for equipment, materials, and training associated with their responsibility as first responders in the event of terrorist acts, hospitals would benefit from additional resources to enable them to be better prepared to protect and aid the residents of the State. In awarding funds to support disaster preparedness by first responders, the Department and any other State agencies shall take into account the role of hospitals in being prepared to respond to emergencies or disasters.
(Source: P.A. 93-249, eff. 7-22-03.)