81-829.53. Civil Defense; mobile support units; personnel; powers; duties; rights;
immunities; compensation. Personnel of mobile support units while on duty, whether
within or without the state, shall: (1) If they are employees of the state, have the powers,
duties, rights, privileges, and immunities, and receive the compensation incidental to
their employment; (2) if they are employees of a political subdivision of the state, and
whether serving within or without such political subdivision, have the powers, duties,
rights, privileges, and immunities, and receive the compensation incidental to their em-
ployment; and (3) if they are not employees of the state or a political subdivision thereof,
be entitled to compensation by the state at rates to be established by the Governor, and
shall be entitled to the same rights and immunities as are provided by law for the
employees of this state. All personnel of mobile support units shall, while on duty, be
subject to the operational control of the authority in charge of disaster and civil defense
activities in the area in which they are serving, and shall be reimbursed for all actual and
necessary travel and subsistence expenses in accordance with sections 84-306.01 to 84-
306.05 for state employees.
Source: L a w s 1 9 5 1 , c . 3 1 5 , s e c . 6 ( 2 ) , p . 1 0 7 8 ; R . R . S . 1 9 4 3 , s e c . 8 1 - 8 2 9 . 1 4 ;
Laws 1973, LB 494, sec. 18; Laws 1981, LB 204, sec. 176.
81-829.54. Civil Defense; mobile support units; employees; expenses; political sub-
divisions; reimbursement by state; rental of equipment; payment; damages.
(1) The state shall reimburse a political subdivision for (a) the compensation paid and
actual and necessary travel, subsistence, and maintenance expenses of employees of such
political subdivision while service as members of a mobile support unit as provided in
Sections 84-306.01 to 84-306.05 for state employees, (b) all payments for death, disability,
or injury of such employees incurred in the course of such duty, as provided in the
Nebraska Workmen's Compensation Act, and (c) all losses of or damage to supplies and
equipment of such political subdivision resulting from the operation of such mobile
(2) The state shall pay a fee for rental of privately-owned equipment used in the
operation of a mobile support unit, and shall also pay for any loss or damage to privately-
owned equipment used immobile support. The fee for rental of said privately-owned
equipment shall be fixed, and any loss or damage to said equipment shall be assessed by a
board consisting of three persons to be appointed by the Governor, one of whom shall be
the State Purchasing Officer.
Source: Laws 1951, c. 315, sec. 6(3), p. 1078; Laws 1953, c. 336, sec. 3, p. 1107;
R.R.S.1943, sec. 81-829.15; Laws 1973, LB 494, sec. 19; Laws 1981, LB 204, sec.
81-829.65. Civil defense; immunity from liability for activities; covered by Work-
men's Compensation Act; licenses, not required; civil defense worker; powers, duties,
(1) All functions provided for in sections 81-289.36. to 81-829.68 and all other
activities relating to civil defense are hereby declared to be governmental functions.
Neither the United States, the state, nor any political subdivision thereof nor other
agencies of the United States, the state, or political subdivision thereof, nor, except in
cases of willful misconduct, gross negligence or bad faith, any civil defense worker
complying with or reasonably attempting to comply with the provisions of sections
81-829.36 to 81-829.68 or Public Law 93-288, or any order, rule or regulation promul-
gated pursuant to any ordinance relating to black-out or other precautionary mea-
sures enacted by any political subdivision of the state shall be liable for the death of or
injury to persons, or for damage to property, as a result of any such activity. The
provisions of this section shall not affect the right of any person to receive benefits to
which he would otherwise be entitled under the provisions of section 81-829.36 to 81-
829.68, or under the Nebraska Workmen's Compensation Act, or under any pension