Note — By Ordinance No. 831, adopted December 12, 1977, the City Council authorized a contract with St. Louis County for mutual aid in the event of major disaster.
[R.O. 2008 §7-16; Ord. No. 1164 §1, 9-29-1986]
For the purpose of emergency management, certain terms are defined as follows:
- An occurrence of a severity and magnitude which normally results in deaths, injuries and property damage and which cannot be managed through the routine procedures and resources of government. It usually develops suddenly and unexpectedly and requires immediate, coordinated and effective response by multiple government and private sector organizations to meet human needs and speed recovery.
- A disaster occurrence or a situation which seriously threatens loss of life and damage to property. It usually develops suddenly and unexpectedly and demands immediate, coordinated and effective response by government and private sector organizations to protect lives and limit damage to property. Examples of emergency situations which could result in a disaster include: An accident involving hazardous materials which threatens to explode or rupture endangering the surrounding population, a period of time prior to the onset of a severe riot or strike with the potential for widespread violence and a period of intense international crisis which could lead to nuclear warfare.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
- The comprehensive, coordinated program designed to cope with all disaster hazards — natural, manmade and/or war-caused. There are four (4) elements of emergency management:
- 1. MITIGATION: An activity which actually eliminates or reduces the probability of a disaster occurrence or reduces the effects of a disaster. Mitigations includes such actions as zoning and land use management, safety and building codes, floodproofing of buildings and public education.
- 2. PREPAREDNESS: Involves activities which seek to facilitate the disaster response to save lives and minimize damage to property in the event of an emergency. Preparedness includes activity such as development of shelter and evacuation plans, establishment of warning and communications systems, training of emergency response personnel and the conducting of tests and exercises.
- 3. RESPONSE: Activities occur immediately before, during and directly after an emergency or disaster. They involve life-saving actions such as the activation of warning systems, manning the emergency operations center's implementation of shelter or evacuation plans, search and rescue.
- 4. RECOVERY: Activity involves assistance to return the community to normal or near-normal conditions. Short-term recovery returns vital life support systems to minimum operating standards. Long-term recovery may continue for a number of years after a disaster and seeks to return life to normal. Recovery activities include temporary housing, medical care, reconstruction, counseling programs and other activities falling under government control.
[R.O. 2008 §7-17; Ord. No. 1164 §2, 9-29-1986]
There is hereby created within the City of Creve Coeur an organization to be known as the City of Creve Coeur Emergency Management Agency which shall be responsible for the preparation and implementation of emergency measures required to prevent, minimize and repair injury and damage due to disaster, to include emergency management of resources and administration of such economic controls as may be needed to provide for the welfare of the people and emergency activities in accordance with Chapter 44, RSMo.
[R.O. 2008 §7-18; Ord. No. 1164 §3, 9-29-1986]
The Emergency Management Agency shall consist of the Mayor, President of the City Council, the City Administrator, the Coordinator, the Chiefs of the Fire Protection Districts protecting the City and the department heads of each City department. Additional members may be designated by the Coordinator.
[R.O. 2008 §7-19; Ord. No. 1164 §4, 9-29-1986]
There is hereby created the position of Emergency Management Coordinator who shall coordinate the organization, administration and operation of local emergency planning.
[R.O. 2008 §7-20; Ord. No. 1164 §5, 9-29-1986]
In the event of, or in the immediate threat of, a disaster within the City of Creve Coeur involving the imminent peril of lives or property in the City of Creve Coeur, the Mayor may declare a state of emergency or disaster and may exercise, during the existence of such an emergency, the power to enforce all rules and regulations relating to emergency management in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 44, RSMo.
[R.O. 2008 §7-21; Ord. No. 1164 §6, 9-29-1986]
When the Mayor is absent from the City or disabled or missing, the President of the City Council shall assume the duties as the Mayor. If the President of the Council is absent from the City or disabled or missing, the duties of the Mayor shall be assumed by that Council member with the most cumulative seniority by tenure on the City Council who is present and able to function in the capacity of Mayor. If neither the Mayor, President of the Council nor any member of the City Council can be found within the City who is able to assume the duties of the Mayor, the City Administrator shall assume the duties of the Mayor.
[R.O. 2008 §7-22; Ord. No. 1164 §7, 9-29-1986]
The Emergency Management Coordinator shall publish a comprehensive emergency operations plan in accordance with Chapter 44, RSMo. The City Administrator will ensure that an annual review of the plan is conducted by all officials involved. The Emergency Management Coordinator will coordinate all review and revision efforts.
[R.O. 2008 §7-23; Ord. No. 1164 §8, 9-29-1986]
Neither the City of Creve Coeur nor any officer or member of the emergency management agency shall be liable for personal injury or property damage sustained by any person appointed or acting as a volunteer worker or member of any agency involved in the emergency. Neither shall the City nor any officer nor member be liable for the death or injury of any persons, nor damage to property resulting from such emergency management activities.
[R.O. 2008 §7-24; Ord. No. 1164 §9, 9-29-1986]
No person shall be employed or associated in any capacity in any organization established under this act who advocates or has advocated a change by force or violence in the constitutional form of the government of the United States or has been convicted of or is under indictment of information charging any subversive act against the United States. Each member shall, before entering upon his/her duties, take an oath in writing before a person authorizing to administer oaths in this State, which oath shall be substantially as follows:
"I, ____________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Missouri against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter and I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence; and that during such time as I am a member of the City of Creve Coeur Emergency Management Agency, I will not advocate nor become a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence."