[HISTORY: Adopted by the Special Town Meeting of the Town of North Reading 11-22-1954 by Arts. 45 to 50 as Ch. 5 of the 1954 Bylaws, approved 2-25-1955; amended in its entirety 10-3-1994 ATM by Art. 6, approved 12-15-1994. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 10-2-2000 ATM by Art. 7, approved 3-29-2001]
There is hereby established a Department of Emergency Management (hereinafter called "the Department"). It shall be the function of the Department to have charge of emergency management as defined in Section 1, Chapter 639, Acts of 1950 and to perform emergency management functions as authorized or directed by said chapter or by any and all executive orders or general regulations promulgated thereunder and to exercise any authority delegated to it by the Governor under said Chapter 639.
The Department shall be under the direction of a Director of Emergency Management (hereinafter called "the Director") who shall be appointed as prescribed by law. The Director shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration, and operation of the Department, subject to the direction and control of the appointing authority, and shall receive such salary as may be fixed from time to time by the appointing authority. The Director may, within the limits of the amount appropriated therefor, appoint such experts, clerks, and other assistants as the work of the Department may require and may remove them and may make such expenditures as may be necessary to execute effectively the purposes of Chapter 639, Acts of 1950. The Director shall also have authority to appoint district coordinators and may accept and may receive on behalf of the Town, services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds by way of gifts, grant, or loan, for purposes of emergency management, offered by the federal government or any agency or officer thereof or any person, firm, or corporation subject to the terms of the offer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer. The Director shall cause appropriate records to be kept of all matters relating to such gifts, grants, or loans.
There is hereby established a Emergency Management Advisory Council (hereinafter called the "Council"). Said Council shall serve without pay and shall consist of the Director of Emergency Management, such other department heads and such other persons as the Director may deem necessary. Such member of said Council as said appointing authority shall designate shall serve as Chairman of said Council. Said Council shall serve subject to the direction and control of the appointing authority and shall advise said appointing authority and the Director on matters pertaining to emergency management.
The Police Department is hereby authorized to go to aid another city or town at the request of said city or town in the suppression of riots or other forms of violence therein.
Section 57-4 shall remain in force during the effective period of Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, and any act in amendment or continuation thereof or substitution therefore.
All reference to Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, as now in force, shall be applicable to any act or acts in amendment or continuation of or substitution of said Chapter 639.