[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Woodbury 11-19-1990 (Ch. 4.5 of the Town Code); amended in its entirety 5-21-2018. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
By authority of C.G.S. § 28-7, an organization of Town government to be known as the "Office of Emergency Management" is hereby established to be under the direction and supervision of an Emergency Management Director (the "Director"). The Director shall be responsible for the organization, administration and operation of the Office of Emergency Management.
The definitions used in this chapter shall be the same as the definitions provided in Section 28-1, Chapter 517 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as the same may be amended from time to time.
The Director of Emergency Management shall be appointed by the First Selectman and may be removed from office for cause by the First Selectman in accordance with C.G.S. § 28-7(b) and the Woodbury Town Charter.
The Director of Emergency Management shall have all the powers, duties and responsibilities as provided for in the General Statutes.
Established. An Office of Emergency Management shall be established by appointment from the First Selectman. Such Office shall consist of up to nine members, representatives of Town departments, agencies and offices and nongovernmental groups concerned with public safety and emergency management and shall serve in an advisory capacity to the First Selectman. The Emergency Management Director shall be a member of the Office of Emergency Management.
Members. The Resident Trooper, Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Public Works Director, and Director of Health, or their designated representatives, shall be members of the Office of Emergency Management. The Fire Commission and Superintendent of Schools office shall each have one representative on the Office of Emergency Management. Such additional representatives are to be appointed at the discretion of the Fire Selectman in accordance with C.G.S. § 28-7(b).
Terms of office. The Resident Trooper, Fire Chief, Fire Marshal and Public Works Director, or their designated representatives, shall serve so long as they hold their office within the Town. Office of Emergency Management members appointed from the Fire Commission and Superintendent of Schools offices shall serve so long as they remain members of the represented body or until removed by the First Selectman. Other Office of Emergency Management members shall serve for a term of two years or until removed by the First Selectman.
Duties. The Woodbury Office of Emergency Management shall have all the powers and responsibilities as set forth in C.G.S. § 28-7 and will:
Provide the forum by which Town officials plan for and manage all potential or actual disasters.
Ensure that the Town's Disaster Plan is up-to-date, valid, inclusive of all reasonable possible disastrous events, promulgated to those who need to be aware of its contents, and is integrated with the plans of all Town departments concerned with emergency response.
Develop and communicate vital information to residents during a disaster.
Provide leadership by keeping Town officials and residents abreast of current and/or future problems which might affect the physical well-being of the Town's residents, assets, and resources.
Convene periodically to discuss issues which might have an impact on the preparedness of the Town in meeting the challenges of emergencies and natural disasters.
Provide liaison between the Town and support agencies such as the American Red Cross, Connecticut Department of Emergency Management, FEMA, and all public utilities serving the Town.
Provide a forum by which residents can express concerns about disaster plans or planning.