City of Lewes, DE
Sussex County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Lewes 5-12-1980. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Emergency measures — See Ch. 92.
A. 
Purpose.
(1) 
The City of Lewes Emergency Operations Plan with its annexes and other attachments[1] provides a basis for coordinated emergency operations throughout the City of Lewes prior to, during and after a disaster, war-caused or natural.
[1]
Editor's Note: Annexes and other attachments are on file in the office of the City Manager.
(2) 
This plan further provides planning guidance on civil defense emergency operations for the departments and agencies of the City, as required by Delaware Code Annotated, Title 20, Part II, Civil Defense, Chapter 31, Emergency Management.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
B. 
Scope. This plan establishes the concept and policies under which the City of Lewes will operate during an emergency.
This chapter is applicable to and directive upon all elements of the City government and others engaged in or in support of emergency operations.
A. 
This chapter becomes effective for planning, administrative and training purposes upon receipt.
B. 
Operationally, this chapter may be placed in effect by one of the following actions:
(1) 
The Mayor's order of a declared emergency after discussing and coordinating with the Sussex County Administrator through the Sussex County Emergency Center.
[Amended 2-12-2001]
(2) 
In the Mayor's absence, by action of the Deputy Mayor after discussing and coordinating with the Sussex County Administrator through the Sussex County Emergency Center.
[Amended 2-12-2001; 12-12-2005]
(3) 
By a declaration by the Governor.
(4) 
By a Presidential declaration.
(5) 
In the event of an enemy nuclear attack which may have a direct effect upon the City, this chapter automatically becomes operational, self-initiated and activated without command or further orders.
C. 
Previously issued publications containing material not consistent with this chapter will be modified to agree with the plan concepts and provisions.
The following are the legislative authorities for the promulgation of plans and programs:
A. 
Local government.
(1) 
Delaware Code Annotated, Title 20, Part II, Civil Defense, Chapter 31, Emergency Management, as amended.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
(2) 
Ordinances and resolutions enacted by the Council of the City of Lewes and the Charter of the City of Lewes pertinent to civil defense operations, as amended.
[Amended 2-12-2001]
B. 
State government.
(1) 
Delaware Code Annotated, Title 20, Part II, Civil Defense, Chapter 31, Emergency Management, as amended.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
(2) 
Delaware Code Annotated, Title 20, Part II, Chapter 33, Interstate Civil Defense and Disaster Compact, as amended.
[Amended 2-12-2001]
(3) 
Delaware Code Annotated, Title 29, Chapter 77, Emergency Location of Government, Subchapter I, State Government, and Subchapter II, Political Subdivisions of the State, as amended.
[Amended 2-12-2001; at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II)]
(4) 
Delaware Code. Annotated, Title 7, Chapter 57, as amended.
[Amended 2-12-2001]
C. 
Federal government.
(1) 
Federal Civil Defense Act of 1950, as amended.
(2) 
Public Law 606, 91st United States Congress (Federal Disaster Act), as amended.
(3) 
Public Law 93-288, "Natural Disaster Relief Act of 1974," as amended.
[Amended 2-12-2001]
A. 
Title and authority. This chapter is known as "The City of Lewes Emergency Operations Plan"; as a short title, "LEOP."
[Amended 2-12-2001]
B. 
Context.
(1) 
The guidance contained in this plan is designed to develop a state of readiness for all conditions of emergency, including civil disorders, natural disasters or nuclear attack upon the United States. In concert with federal and state civil defense plans, programs and operations, it prescribes City-wide emergency operational procedures applicable to the government of the City to stimulate protection and preparedness, control emergencies and minimize the effects of a major disaster, war-caused, natural or man-made.
(2) 
It also provides for the necessary coordination with the state and Sussex County.
C. 
Mission. The mission of this chapter is to protect life and property by preparing for and carrying out emergency preparedness operations and to prevent, minimize, repair and recover from injury and damage which may result from a man-made or natural disaster.
D. 
Purpose.
(1) 
This chapter is designed to provide an immediate, coordinated response at all levels of municipal government in times of emergency. This chapter will be activated by direction of the Mayor in the event of man-made or natural disasters.
(2) 
The success of this plan will be determined by the promptness of its implementation, the effectiveness of the City's departments and the coordination between department heads. In addition, the workability of the plan during any emergency will determine, to a great degree, the confidence of the City's residents in the City government to deal with the situation.
(3) 
Many of the principles involved in this plan result from experience in the City of Lewes and the ability of emergency plans in other communities to cope with disorders and disasters. Each emergency contains different problems, but, with a workable emergency operations plan and the ability to adjust City services to emergency operation within minutes, a situation can be contained or eliminated before it expands.
[Amended 2-12-2001]
A. 
The City of Lewes shall designate, in the LEOP, the concept of operations, the phases of emergency management, the directions and control authority and procedures, emergency operations center, tasks to be performed, and radiological defense monitoring and reporting.
B. 
Red Cross. The American Red Cross, Delaware Chapter, will coordinate the activities of private agencies in providing temporary emergency shelter for displaced families and in providing clothing and food when necessary.
A. 
General. This chapter includes the establishment of one Emergency Operations Center which will be manned throughout any period of emergency in the City of Lewes, plus a temporary operation center, if needed. The Lewes Fire Hall is designated as the Emergency Operations Center. A second or temporary center is City Hall.
B. 
Emergency Operations Center. This is the general coordination point for the complete emergency plan. All major changes, decisions and actions will be reported to this control point. The Mayor's staff will report to the control point where the Mayor, or his/her designee, will coordinate the plan among the department heads. Any questions or "alterations" in this chapter should be reported to this control point immediately.
[Amended 2-12-2001]
A. 
Identification cards, press passes, curfew passes.
(1) 
All special passes needed to control the movement of personnel within the City during an emergency will be issued by the Mayor.
(2) 
Normally issued City identification cards will be honored.
(3) 
Department heads shall be responsible for the identification passes of departmental personnel.
[Amended 2-12-2001[1]]
Area of responsibility shall be those identified in the LEOP.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 15-10, Designation of states of alert, which immediately followed this section.