[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of El Reno 9-1-1972 as Ch. 9 of the 1972 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Civil Defense Ordinance of the City of El Reno."
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall be construed as follows, unless a contrary intent clearly appears from the context:
- CIVIL DEFENSE
- The preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions other than functions for which primary responsibility is assigned elsewhere by federal, state or local law or ordinance, to protect the public peace, health and safety, and to preserve lives and property, in the City during any emergency resulting from enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action, or from any flood, drought, fire, hurricane, earthquake, storm or other catastrophe in or near the City, and involving imminent or actual peril to life and property in the City. These functions include administration, organization, planning, recruiting, training, education, information, welfare service, relief service, police service, warden service, fire service, rescue service, medical service, health service, transportation service, communications service, street and sewer service, utilities service, general engineering service, plant protection service, supply service, mutual aid, mobile support, evacuation and all other functions necessary or incidental to the preparation for and carrying out of the foregoing functions.
- ENEMY-CAUSED EMERGENCY
- Any state of emergency caused by actual or impending attack, sabotage or other hostile action, anywhere within the United States, and involving imminent peril to lives and property in the City. Such emergency shall be deemed to exist only when the Mayor of the City shall so declare by public proclamation. Such emergency shall be deemed to continue to exist until the Mayor shall declare its termination by public proclamation, or until the City Council shall declare its termination by resolution.
- NATURAL EMERGENCY
- Any state of emergency caused by any actual or impending flood, drought, fire, hurricane, earthquake, storm or other catastrophe in or near the City and involving imminent peril to lives and property in the City. Such emergency shall be deemed to exist and to be terminated under the same conditions as prescribed for an enemy-caused emergency.
There is hereby established within the executive branch of the City government the Office of Civil Defense. This office shall consist of:
The Director of Civil Defense appointed pursuant to this chapter.
Such volunteer civil defense advisory committees as may be created by the Director of Civil Defense for the evaluation of technical, professional or other phases of the work of the Office of Civil Defense, and which may provide advisory assistance on any matters pertaining to the City's civil defense.
Appropriate office space, furniture, equipment and supplies, as required, shall be provided for the Office of Civil Defense. Expenditures for these purposes, within the appropriations therefor, shall be made only on the authority of the City Manager.
The Office of Director of Civil Defense is hereby created. Such Director shall be appointed by the City Manager and shall serve at his pleasure or until the repeal of this chapter. The Director shall serve without compensation, but he shall be reimbursed for actual expenses incurred in the discharge of his duties.
The Director of Civil Defense shall be the executive head of the Office of Civil Defense, and shall be responsible to the City Manager for carrying out the civil defense program of the City. He shall coordinate the activities of all organizations for civil defense within the City, and shall maintain liaison with and cooperate with civil defense agencies and organizations of other governmental units, both within and without the State of Oklahoma, and of the federal government, and shall have such additional authority, duties and responsibilities as may be authorized under this chapter.
Prior to an emergency, as defined in § 19-2, the Director of Civil Defense shall have the following powers:
To make, amend and rescind the necessary orders, rules and regulations to carry out the provisions of this chapter within the limits of the authority conferred upon him herein, with due consideration to be given to the plans and powers of the federal government, the government of Oklahoma and other public and private agencies and organizations empowered to act in either enemy-caused emergencies or natural emergencies, or both.
To prepare comprehensive plans for the civil defense of the City in both enemy-caused and natural emergencies, such plans and programs to be integrated and coordinated with the plans and programs of the federal government, of the government of Oklahoma and of other public and private agencies and organizations empowered to act in either enemy-caused or natural emergencies, or both.
To establish, within the limits of funds available, a public warning system, composed of sirens, horns or other acceptable warning devices.
To establish and carry out recruitment and training programs as may be necessary to develop an adequate, qualified civil defense volunteer corps.
To conduct drills, exercises and similar programs as may be necessary to develop a well-trained, alert, fully prepared civil defense organization.
To make such studies and surveys of the industries, resources and facilities of this City as he deems necessary to ascertain its capabilities for civil defense, and plan for the most efficient emergency use therefor.
On behalf of the City, to enter into mutual-aid arrangements with surrounding communities in the State of Oklahoma, subject to the approval of the City Council.
To delegate any administrative authority vested in him under this chapter and to provide for the subdelegation of any such authority.
To take any other action proper and lawful under his authority to prepare for either an enemy-caused or a natural emergency.
In the event of any actual enemy-caused emergency, as proclaimed by the Mayor, the Director of Civil Defense, with the approval of the City Manager, may exercise, during such emergency, the power to enforce all rules and regulations relating to civil defense and, acting under the authority of state statutes, or under the authority of the City Manager, as an agent of the Governor of Oklahoma, may take control of all means of transportation and communications, all stocks of fuel, food, clothing, medicine and supplies, and all facilities, including buildings and plants, and exercise all powers necessary to secure the safety and protection of the civilian population. In exercising such powers, he shall be guided by regulations and orders issued by the federal government and the Governor of Oklahoma relating to civil defense and shall take no action contrary to orders which may be issued by the Governor under similar emergency powers.
In the event of any natural emergency, as proclaimed by the Mayor, the Director of Civil Defense, with the approval of the City Manager and acting under his instructions, shall coordinate in every way proper the activities of the civil defense organization. He is specifically charged in such emergency with the collection, evaluation and dissemination of the information to all agencies, both public and private, participating in the City's civil defense organization or cooperating in any such emergency. He shall, as Director, have the power to recommend appropriate action, but he shall not otherwise have control over the participating agencies. He shall also recommend to the City Manager the allocation of any funds received from the federal or state government or from any other source to alleviate distress and aid in restoring normal conditions.
The Director of Civil Defense shall, within the appropriations therefor, establish a primary and one or more secondary control centers, as he deems necessary to serve during an enemy-caused or a natural emergency.
Neither the City nor any officer or member of the civil defense organization provided for in this chapter shall be liable for personal injury or property damage sustained by any person appointed or acting as a volunteer civil defense worker or member of any agency engaged in civil defense activity prior to or during either an enemy-caused or a natural emergency; nor shall the City or any such officer or member be liable for the death or injury of any persons, or damage to property, resulting from such civil defense activity prior to or during either an enemy-caused or a natural emergency.
Whenever the federal government or the State of Oklahoma or any person, firm or corporation shall offer to the City any services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds by way of gift, grant or loan, for purposes of civil defense, the City Manager may accept such offer and may authorize the Director of Civil Defense to receive same subject to the terms of the offer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer.
[Amended 11-1-1979 by Ord. No. 2349]
Control shall be exercised by the City of El Reno, Oklahoma, as established by regularly constituted governing authorities of El Reno, Oklahoma. Should normal governmental operations be interrupted by man-made disaster or natural disaster, the line of succession as outlined in the Basic Emergency Operations Plan, as amended, shall be followed.