Sec. 8-8. - Immunity and exemption.
   (a)   All functions under this chapter and all other activities relating to emergency management are declared to be governmental functions. Neither the county, nor, except in cases of willful misconduct, gross negligence or bad faith, any emergency management worker complying with or reasonably attempting to comply with this chapter or any order, rule or regulation promulgated pursuant to the provisions of this chapter or pursuant to any ordinance relating to any emergency management measures 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.
   (b)   Neither the rights of any person to receive benefits to which he would otherwise be entitled to under this chapter or under the workers' compensation law or under any pension law, nor the right of any such person to receive any benefits or compensation under any act of congress shall be affected by performance of emergency management functions.
   (c)   Any requirement for a license to practice any professional, mechanical or other skill shall not apply to any authorized emergency management worker who shall, in the course of performing his duties as such, practice such professional, mechanical or other skill during a state of disaster.
   (d)   As used in this section, the term "emergency management worker" shall include any full- or part-time paid, volunteer or auxiliary employee of this state or other states, territories, possessions or the District of Columbia, of the federal government or any neighboring country or of any political subdivision thereof or of any agency or organization performing emergency management services at any place in this state, subject to the order or control of or pursuant to a request of the state government or any political subdivision thereof.
   (e)   Any emergency management worker, as defined in this section, performing emergency management services at any place in this state pursuant to agreements, compacts or arrangements for mutual aid and assistance to which the state or a political subdivision of the state is a party, shall possess the same powers, duties, immunities and privileges he would ordinarily possess if performing his duties in the state, or political subdivision of the state in which normally employed or rendering services.
   State law reference—Similar provisions, G.S. 166A-14.