[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Amesbury as Art. 32 of the 1990 Bylaws (originally adopted 11-20-1950 pursuant to Chapter 639, Acts of 1950). Amendments noted where applicable.]
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 functions as authorized or directed by Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, 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 City, services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds by way of gift, 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 an Emergency Management Advisory Council (hereinafter called the "Council"). Such Council shall serve without pay and shall consist of the Director of Emergency Management and such other department heads and such other persons as the authority appointing said 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 aid another city or town at the request of said city or town in the suppression of riots or other forms of violence therein.
This chapter shall remain in force during the effective period of Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, and any act in amendment or continuation thereof or substitution therefor unless sooner repealed by vote of the City.
All references 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 for said Chapter 639.