[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Lodi as Ch. 7 of the City Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
- The preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions, other than functions for which the military forces are primarily responsible, to minimize and repair injury and damage resulting from disaster caused by enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action or by fire, flood or other natural causes.
Duties and powers. The Director shall be the executive head of the City emergency management organization and shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the organization, subject to the direction and control of the Mayor and the Common Council. In addition to such powers and responsibilities as may be imposed on him from time to time by the Common Council, he shall have the authority to:
Coordinate all activities for emergency management within the City.
Maintain liaison and cooperate with emergency management agencies and organizations of other political subdivisions and of the state and federal government.
Participate in county and state emergency management activities upon request.
Prepare a comprehensive general plan for the emergency management of the City and present such plan to the Common Council for approval.
Subject to the approval of the Common Council, enter into mutual aid agreements with other political subdivisions and file copies of any such agreements with the Administrator of the Division of Emergency Management.
Upon the declaration of an emergency, issue all necessary proclamations as to the existence of such state of emergency and such disaster warnings or alerts as shall be required in the emergency management plan.
In preparing and executing the emergency management plan, the Director may utilize the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of the existing departments and agencies of the City to the maximum extent practicable.
The emergency management organization may take action in accordance with the emergency management plan only after the declaration of an emergency and issuance of official disaster warnings. Declaration of emergency shall be made by the Governor, the Common Council, the Mayor or, in his absence, by the Director. Such state of emergency shall continue until terminated by the issuing authority, provided that any declaration not issued by the Governor may be terminated by the Common Council.
Whenever necessary to meet an emergency for which adequate regulations have not been adopted by the Common Council, the Mayor and, in his absence, the Director of Emergency Management may proclaim, promulgate and enforce orders, rules and regulations relating to the conduct of persons and the use of property which are necessary to protect the public peace, health and safety and preserve lives and property and to ensure cooperation in emergency management activities. Such proclamations shall be posted in three public places and may be rescinded by resolution of the Common Council.
No person shall willfully obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the emergency management organization in the enforcement of any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to this chapter or violate any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to the authority contained in this chapter. Any person who shall violate any provision of this section shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-3 of this Code.