[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Grant County 5-17-1994 by Ord. No. 28. Amendments noted where applicable.]
To prepare the County and its subdivisions to cope with emergencies resulting from enemy action and natural or man-made disasters, it is declared to be necessary to establish an emergency management - disaster services agency to comply with the program of the State of Wisconsin as set forth in Ch. 166, Wis. Stats.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- CIVIL DEFENSE
- All measures undertaken by or on behalf of the County and its subdivisions to prepare for and minimize the effect of enemy action upon the civilian population of Grant County.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - DISASTER SERVICES
- Includes emergency government and civil defense and means all measures undertaken by or on behalf of the County of Grant or its subdivisions to:
- A. Prepare for and minimize the effect of enemy action and natural or man-made disasters upon the civilian population of Grant County.
- B. Effectuate emergency repairs to, or the emergency restoration of, vital public utilities and facilities destroyed or damaged by such enemy action or natural or man-made disaster.
- ENEMY ACTION
- The hostile action by a foreign power which threatens the security of this County, state or nation, or any part thereof.
- NATURAL DISASTER
- Includes all other extraordinary misfortunes affecting the population of the County, natural or man-made, not included in the term "enemy action."
Formation. The County Board of Supervisors for the County of Grant, State of Wisconsin, shall designate a committee of that Board to act as the Grant County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Committee. Said Committee shall have as its Chairman the Chairman of the County Board.
Duties of the Emergency Management - Disaster Services Committee. The County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Committee shall be an advisory and planning group and shall advise the County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator and the County Board of Supervisors on all matters pertaining to emergency government services. It shall meet upon call of the Chairman.
Joint Coordinator. There is hereby created the office of Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator. The County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator shall also hold the office of municipal coordinator in those municipalities of the County as may hereafter enact an ordinance parallel to this chapter.
Tenure, term, appointment, and statutory provision.
Tenure. The County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator shall be a full-time position. The salary of the Coordinator and members of his or her staff shall be set from time to time by the County Board of Supervisors.
Term. The term of the Grant County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator shall be at the pleasure of the County Board.
Appointment. The Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator shall be appointed by the County Board Chairman subject to the approval of the County Board.
Statutory provision. The provisions of § 166.03, Wis. Stats., relating to powers and duties of emergency government services and personnel shall apply to the Coordinator and his or her staff.
Status. The County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator shall be considered to be an employee of the County, by appointment, not under civil service, and shall be entitled to all of the rights, privileges, and benefits that appointed County employees have. He or she shall report to the County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Committee.
The Coordinator, in his or her capacity as County Coordinator, subject to the control and direction of the County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Committee and under the general supervision of the County Board, shall:
Coordinate and assist, when asked, in the development of non-joint-action municipal emergency management disaster services plans with the County and integrate such plans with the County plan;
Coordinate the County and joint-action municipal emergency management - disaster services program, when asked;
Coordinate County-wide emergency management - disaster services training programs and exercises;
Advise the State Department of Military Affairs, Division of Emergency Management, Administrator through the State Southwest Region Director of all emergency management services planning for the County and render such reports as may be required;
Coordinate the County and joint-action emergency management - disaster services activities throughout the County during a state of emergency and coordinate the non-joint-action municipal emergency actions within the County, subject to the coordinating authority of the State of Wisconsin; and
Perform such other duties relating to emergency government services as may be required by the County Board.
Office and staff. The Grant County Board shall provide an office, office furniture, stenographic help, and such office supplies as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator, and the cost thereof shall be defrayed by the County of Grant, with the help of federal matching funds.
Major equipment and services. Cost of equipment and services shall be borne 100% by the municipal government requiring such procurement with federal matching funds procured by the County-Municipal Director when applicable. Federal matching funds reimbursement shall be returned to the treasurer of the municipality procuring the equipment or services.
Whenever it is deemed necessary by either the County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Committee or a municipality participating in a joint action, there shall be a joint meeting of the Committee to decide such matters as may arise.
Policy. In preparing and executing the Emergency Management - Disaster Services Program, the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of the existing departments and agencies of the County shall be utilized to the maximum extent practicable, and the officers and personnel of all such departments and agencies are directed to cooperate with and extend such services and facilities as are required of them.
In order to assure that in the event of an emergency all the facilities of the existing County government are expanded to the fullest to meet such emergency, the following specific responsibilities are assigned to the following department heads named as Directors of Emergency Management - Disaster Services. The Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator will assist them in organizing and planning for the expansion of their departments prior to and during an emergency and for recruiting necessary emergency management volunteers to supplement regular department employees.
County Board Chairman: Director of Command and Control.
County Sheriff: Director of Police Services.
County Highway Commissioner: Director of Engineering Services.
County Clerk: Director of Supplies Services.
County Social Services Director: Director of Human Services.
County Nurse: Director of Public Health.
County Coroner: Director of Mortuary Services.
District Attorney: Director of Intelligence.
Other department heads not specifically named will fulfill emergency and nonemergency duties as assigned under the County Emergency Operations Plan. Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to limit the Emergency Management - Disaster Service Coordinator from immediately commencing organizational and planning programs as required by the State of Wisconsin Emergency Operations Plan.
Joint action. Municipalities entering into joint action with Grant County will provide for utilization of existing services of municipal government by enactment of an ordinance parallel to this section.
Policy. Such ordinances under which the use of County government equipment on private property is prohibited are hereby amended under the provisions of United States Public Law 93-288 to permit debris removal, by the County, when such action is invoked by presidential disaster declaration. When a presidential disaster declaration is invoked in this County, debris removal from the affected private property will be accomplished, whenever possible, by use of local or County-owned equipment, provided that such individuals sign a certificate of release holding the local, County, state or federal government free of liability and request such debris removal services.
Responsibility of Grant County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator.
The Grant County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator is hereby authorized to execute for and on behalf of the County of Grant, a public entity established under the laws of the State of Wisconsin, any application and to file it in the appropriate state office for the purposes of obtaining certain federal assistance under United States Public Law 93-288.
Under the provisions of United States Public Law 93-288, debris removal from private property, when a presidential disaster declaration is invoked in this County concerning said private property, shall be coordinated by the Grant County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator or his designee for all areas within Grant County.
The County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Coordinator shall establish liaison and coordinate with the Grant County Land Conservation Committee, which shall have responsibility for debris removal on private property for all designated predominately rural areas when a presidential declaration is invoked for said private property in this County and the property owner executes a release of liability.
Responsibility of Grant County Highway Commissioner. Responsibility for nonrural areas shall be under the control of the Grant County Highway Commissioner with authority to delegate control to a department of public works or engineering or street department in municipalities of the County. The Highway Commissioner shall:
Initiate necessary steps to ensure that the responsible department of public works or engineering or street department in all municipalities within the County is aware of debris removal responsibilities under United States Public Law 93-288.
Maintain inventories of engineering equipment of municipalities with the County.
Establish liaison with private contractors for possible utilization of their engineering equipment under the provisions of United States Public Law 93-288.
Be authorized to employ short-term emergency manpower at the present Grant County part-time salary schedule, as necessary, to implement debris removal from private property under the provisions of United States Public Law 93-288, with approval of the Grant County Board Chairman.
Joint-action municipalities. In the event the Governor determines that an emergency exists due to natural or man-made disasters, the County Coordinator will activate and coordinate the Emergency Management - Disaster Services Organization.
Non-joint-action municipalities. In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, the County Coordinator will coordinate when asked to do so by the local municipalities affected and render such assistance as is required and available from County resources.
Emergency use of vehicles. In any state of emergency, when an individual is responding to an official request for help during said emergency, said individual may operate any vehicle within Grant County without regard to motor vehicle registration laws or being subject to arrest under the provisions of § 341.04, Wis. Stats., or any ordinance adopted by Grant County incorporating the provisions of said Wisconsin Statutes.
Red Cross or Salvation Army not affected. Nothing contained in this chapter shall limit or in any way affect the responsibility of the American National Red Cross or Salvation Army as authorized by the Congress of the United States.
Establishment of temporary locations of government and succession to local offices. The Grant County Board of Supervisors may, during any declared state of emergency, be it at a County level or state level, provide for, by resolution, the establishment of an alternate place to convene to carry on the affairs of Grant County during the state of emergency and to provide for, by resolution, the succession to local offices which may be necessary for the continuity of Grant County governmental functions during the state of emergency, said emergency resulting from enemy action.
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully to obstruct, hinder, or delay any member of the Emergency Management - Disaster Services Organization in the enforcement of any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to this chapter or to do any act forbidden by any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to the authority contained in this chapter. For a violation of any of the provisions of this section, a court may order the violator to pay a forfeiture of not more than $200 plus costs or be imprisoned for up to 90 days, or both. Any person found violating any of the provisions of this section may be issued a citation by any law enforcement officer of Grant County, Wisconsin. Any citation shall provide for the information required by § 66.0113, Wis. Stats. The District Attorney's office is authorized to handle any citation actions filed for violations of this section. The cash deposit which can be posted for a violation of this section is $200 plus the statutory costs, including but not limited to the penalty assessment, jail assessment, and crime laboratories and drug enforcement assessment. Cash deposits, forfeitures, and costs shall be paid to the Clerk of Circuit Court for Grant County located in Lancaster, Wisconsin. The Clerk of Circuit Court shall issue receipts for cash deposits, forfeitures and costs.
During any period of time in which a state of emergency has been proclaimed by the Governor of the State of Wisconsin, the County Board of Supervisors for Grant County shall be allowed to employ the Grant County Emergency Management - Disaster Services Organization and the facilities and other resources of said Organization to cope with the problems of the emergency.