[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Board of the Charter Township of Blackman 8-21-1978 by Ord. No. 40; amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
An ordinance to establish a Township Emergency Preparedness Policy and Organization; to define the duties and responsibilities of the Deputy Emergency Measures Coordinator; to authorize the use of the material resources and manpower of the Township in emergency operations; and prevent, minimize and relieve damage to persons and property resulting from any form of disaster.
The Township of Blackman hereby establishes the position of Deputy Emergency Measures Coordinator to provide liaison between this municipality and the Jackson City-County Office of Emergency Measures to insure complete and efficient utilization of all resources during periods of emergency.
This chapter will not relieve any elected official or municipal department of the normal responsibilities or authority given by general law or ordinance, nor will it affect the work of the American Red Cross or other volunteer agencies organized for relief in natural disaster.
For purposes of this chapter, certain words used herein are defined as follows:
- The responsible head of the Jackson City-County Office of Emergency Measures, as appointed by the resolution of the Jackson City Commission and the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
- DEPUTY COORDINATOR
- The Director of Public Safety of the Charter Township of Blackman appointed by the Coordinator to provide liaison services between the Township of Blackman and the Jackson City-County Office of Emergency Measures.
- An occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from a natural or man-made cause, including fire, flood, snow, ice, windstorm, wave action, oil spill, water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage, utility failure, hazardous peacetime radiological incident, major transportation accident, epidemic, air contamination, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, or hostile military or paramilitary action. Riots and other civil disorders are not within the meaning of this term unless they directly result from and are an aggravating element of the disaster.
- EMERGENCY SERVICES
- A broad meaning to include preparations for and relief from the effects of natural and man-made disaster.
- EMERGENCY SERVICES FORCES
- Any employees, equipment, and facilities of any municipal department or agency designated in the Jackson City-County Emergency Operation Plan, to be part of the total Emergency Measures Forces of the county, to provide emergency services in the event of a disaster.
- STATE OF DISASTER
- A declaration issued by the Governor that a state of disaster exists under the provisions of Act 390, Public Acts of 1976.
- The chief elected official of the Charter Township of Blackman.
The Supervisor with the approval of the Board is hereby authorized and directed to prepare for community disasters, utilizing to the fullest extent existing agencies within the municipality. The Supervisor, as executive head of the municipal government, shall be responsible for the organization, administration and operation of the municipality's emergency forces, if any, working through the Jackson City-County Emergency Measures Coordinator and the Township Deputy Coordinator.
The employees, equipment and facilities of all municipal departments, boards, agencies and commissions suitable for, or adaptable to, emergency service activities may be designated as part of the total Emergency Measures Forces of the county. Such designations shall be made by the Supervisor with the approval of the Township Board.