[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Warwick 4-22-1996 by Ord. No. 96-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Emergency management — See Ch. 73.
A local emergency management agency is hereby established and shall be known as "Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency."
Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency is established pursuant to the provisions of the Emergency Management Services Code (35 Pa.C.S.A. § 7501 et seq.).
Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall have the responsibility for emergency management and disaster response and recovery within Warwick Township, including but not limited to the preparation and maintenance of an Emergency Management Plan. The Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall also provide emergency management and disaster response and recovery services outside Warwick Township as required by the terms and conditions of this chapter.
A local disaster emergency may be declared by the Board of Supervisors of Warwick Township. In addition, the Township Manager, upon recommendation of the Emergency Management Coordinator, is hereby authorized to declare a local disaster emergency subject to ratification by the Board of Supervisors within seven days of such declaration.
The declaration of a local disaster emergency shall not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of seven days unless approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Any order or proclamation declaring, continuing or terminating a local disaster emergency shall be given prompt and general publicity, and a copy of any such order or proclamation shall be filed promptly with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Upon declaration of a local disaster emergency, the applicable response and recovery aspects of Warwick Township Local Emergency Management Plan shall be activated, and all provisions for aid and assistance thereunder shall be authorized.
Upon declaration of a disaster emergency, Warwick Township, pursuant to § 7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code, shall be authorized to exercise the powers granted in the chapter without regard to time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law (excepting mandatory constitutional requirements) pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts, the incurring of obligations, the employment of temporary workers, the rental of equipment, the purchase of supplies and materials, the levying of taxes and the appropriation and expenditure of public funds. In addition, upon the declaration of a disaster emergency Warwick Township is authorized to avail itself of the provisions of Act of August 5, 1941 (P.L. 752, No. 286), known as the "Civil Defense Act," in connection with the employment of personnel in local organizations established pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall have a Coordinator who shall be responsible for the planning, administration, and operation of the agency subject to the direction and control of the Board of Supervisors.
The Coordinator of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall be appointed by the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania upon recommendation of Warwick Township. Warwick Township may, upon agreement by resolution with adjoining municipalities, recommend to the Governor a candidate for Coordinator for emergency management activities in the said political subdivisions. The Warwick Township Emergency Management Coordinator shall serve at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors.
The Coordinator of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall:
Be professionally competent and capable of planning, effecting and coordinating operations among agencies of government and controlling coordinated operations by local emergency preparedness forces;
Attend and successfully complete the first phase of the career development program as prescribed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency within one year after appointment;
Attend and successfully complete the second phase of the career development program as prescribed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency within three years after appointment;
Attend basic and advanced seminars, workshops and training conferences called by the Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and/or its Director of Training and Education;
Failure to attend and successfully complete the career development program phases, as described above, or failure to attend a prescribed training program for two consecutive years shall be cause for replacement of the Coordinator of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency;
Responsibility for the professional in-service training of the Coordinator of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall rest with the Emergency Management Coordinator of Bucks County.
Warwick Township will reimburse its Coordinator for actual expenses incurred as the result of his or her attendance at scheduled meetings and training programs.
Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency is hereby directed to:
Prepare, maintain and keep current an Emergency Operations Plan for Warwick Township for the prevention and minimizing of injury and damage caused by disaster, for prompt and effective response to disaster and for disaster emergency relief and recovery in consonance with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Plan and the Bucks County Emergency Management Plan;
Establish, equip, and staff an emergency operations center for Warwick Township;
Establish a warning and communications system for Warwick Township that will support governmental operations in emergencies;
Provide essential facilities and equipment to those agencies and organizations that have been assigned emergency functions under the provisions of this chapter;
Provide individual and organizational training programs for police officers, fire fighters, rescue personnel, ambulance personnel, emergency management volunteers and the general public to insure prompt, efficient and effective disaster emergency services;
Organize, prepare, and coordinate all locally available manpower, materials, supplies, equipment, and facilities necessary for disaster emergency readiness, response and recovery;
Adopt and implement precautionary measures to mitigate the anticipated effects of a disaster;
Execute and enforce such rules, regulations and orders as Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency may adopt pursuant to the provisions of this chapter;
Cooperate and coordinate with any public and private agencies or entities in achieving any purpose of this chapter;
Have available for inspection at its emergency operations center all emergency management plans, rules, regulations, and orders of the Governor and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency;
Review all ordinances which have the potential to impact emergency management in Warwick Township and submit recommendations to the Board of Supervisors;
Provide prompt and accurate information regarding local disaster emergencies to appropriate commonwealth and local officials and agencies and the general public;
Review the features of and responses to past emergencies to improve future responses;
Make monthly reports to Warwick Township on the status and programs of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency, its personnel, programs, and plans;
Execute and enforce such rules and orders as may be adopted by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency;
Make timely recommendations to and secure the consent of Warwick Township concerning the development of plans, the acquisition of materials, supplies, and equipment and the development of a budget for the agency, except as provided for in disaster emergencies;
Identify areas within Warwick Township that are particularly vulnerable to disaster;
Upon request of the Board of Supervisors or designated official, assist Warwick Township and/or its police, fire, rescue, or emergency medical services in handling and coordinating special, nondisaster emergencies and situations.
The Emergency Management Agency shall consist of nine members, and shall include member(s) of the Board of Supervisors, the Chief of Police, Warwick Township EMC, the Warwick Township Fire Marshal, the Chief of Warwick Township Fire Company No. 1, the Township Manager, the Warwick Township Public Works Director, the Chairman of Emergency Services, and a practicing physician or nurse.
The members of the Emergency Management Agency shall serve continuously during their term of public office except for the physician or nurse, who shall serve until replaced by Warwick Township;
Only designated members of the Emergency Management Agency may vote on matters before the Agency;
In the event that one of the members of the Agency is unable to attend a meeting of the Emergency Management Agency, the member may send a representative from his or her department or agency in his stead.
Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall:
Elect its own Chairman and other officers as the body may deem appropriate;
Provide recommendations and assistance to the Coordinator as deemed appropriate concerning the plans, activities, and role of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency;
Assist in the preparation and maintenance of Warwick Township Disaster Emergency Plan;
Recruit and assist in the training of emergency personnel and represent Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency at training programs, seminars and public meetings;
Review all emergency declarations and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the Coordinator. Provide whatever other aid or assistance that the Coordinator may request.
The Coordinator of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall develop and maintain mutual aid agreements with adjacent political subdivisions for reciprocal emergency assistance. The agreements shall be consistent with the plans and program of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency. The agreements shall stipulate that direction of emergency disaster assistance is the responsibility of the lowest level of government affected, that the County Emergency Management Agency shall provide coordination and support when more than one political subdivision within Bucks County is affected, and that the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency or its area organization, as outlined above, having responsibility for coordination and, in time of emergency, it shall be the duty of Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency to render assistance in accordance with these mutual aid agreements. In all cases, support services provided from outside the affected area shall remain under the command and control of the receiving area.
Except during local disaster emergencies, the Board of Supervisors shall:
Any gift or grants of monies made to Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency or to Warwick Township for the payment of expenses incurred or to be incurred by or for the Emergency Management Agency shall be deposited in the treasury of Warwick Township and shall be appropriated only for the purpose for which the gift or grants were made.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as prohibiting Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency or Warwick Township Emergency Management Advisory Council from providing representation to other boards or agencies, as outside emergency management advisory boards, emergency health services councils, and/or regional communications committees, that coordinate with or otherwise impact the delivery of emergency management services.
Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency shall, with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, adopt such insignia and/or other identifying marks or markings as are necessary to ensure the correct, prompt identification of its personnel, equipment and facilities.
The provisions of the "Emergency Management Services Code" of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Act 1978-323 (P.L. 1332), shall govern the emergency management activities of Warwick Township and the Warwick Township Emergency Management Agency Council except in circumstances where the "Emergency Management Services Code" does not address local provisions or conditions provided for by this chapter.
Editor's Note: See 35 Pa.C.S.A. § 7101 et seq.