[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Franconia 12-12-1988 by Ord. No. 151. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A direct or indirect assault against the Township of Franconia, its government, its environs or of the nation by the forces of a hostile nation or the agents thereof, including but not limited to assault by bombings, radiological, chemical or biological means or sabotage.
- The Emergency Management Coordinator of the Emergency Management Agency of the Township of Franconia.
- DEPUTY COORDINATOR
- The assistant to the Coordinator, who shall be appointed by the Township Board of Supervisors and be responsible for carrying out the duties of the Coordinator in his absence.
- Actual or threatened attack, natural disaster, extraordinary fire, epidemic, evacuations or any other pending or actual emergency or calamity which endangers or threatens to endanger the health, safety, life or property of the residents of the township or endangers or threatens the constituted government of the nation or state.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
- To carry out the basic government functions of maintaining the public peace, health and safety, including plans and preparations for protection from and relief, recovery and rehabilitation from the effect of an attack on the township and such activity in connection with a disaster as defined herein.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FORCES
- The employees, equipment and facilities of all township departments, boards, institutions and commissions and all volunteer personnel, equipment and facilities contributed by or obtained from volunteer persons or agencies.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEER
- Any person duly enrolled, identified and appointed by the Coordinator and assigned to participate in Emergency Management Agency activities.
- Any individual, firm, corporation, association or partnership, including the plural as well as the singular and both genders.
- The plans, programs and emergency procedures established by the Emergency Management Agency which are deemed essential to an adequate program.
- A person contributing a service, equipment or facilities to the Emergency Management Agency without remuneration.
The purpose of this chapter shall be:
To establish an Emergency Management Agency that will be responsible for the complete and efficient utilization of all township facilities to safeguard and protect life and property within the Township of Franconia during a state of war, a local emergency or disaster.
To establish the Emergency Management Agency and its attendant responsibilities, duties and powers, including but not limited to provisions for the promulgation of a basic emergency management plan with necessary lines of succession.
To establish the Emergency Management Coordinator and his attendant responsibilities, duties and powers as Coordinator of the Emergency Management Agency.
To provide for the promulgation of emergency management regulations, enforcement and penalties.
There is hereby created an Emergency Management Agency for the Township of Franconia. The Emergency Management Agency shall consist of a Coordinator, to be known as the "Emergency Management Coordinator," who shall be selected by the Township Board of Supervisors and appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania, a Deputy Coordinator, one resident from the general public, the Roadmaster, the Chief of Police and the Township Manager. The members of the Emergency Management Agency shall serve at the pleasure of the Township Board of Supervisors for five year terms. The members of the Emergency Management Agency shall serve without compensation.
The Emergency Management Coordinator shall be professionally competent and capable of planning, effecting coordination among various departments and generally controlling coordinated operations by emergency-preparedness forces.
The employees, equipment and facilities of all township departments, boards, institutions and commissions will be at the disposal of the Emergency Management Agency and will participate as directed by the Coordinator with the approval of the Township Board of Supervisors/Manager; provided, however, that duties assigned to the various departments shall be the same or similar to the normal activities of said department.
Subject to the direction and control of the Township Board of Supervisors, the Emergency Management Agency shall have the following powers and duties:
Prepare, maintain and keep current a disaster emergency management plan for the prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by disaster, prompt and effective response to disaster and disaster emergency relief and recovery in consonance with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Plan.
Make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for the establishment and equipping of an operations center within the Township Municipal Building.
Provide individual and organizational training programs to ensure prompt, efficient and effective disaster emergency services.
Organize, prepare and coordinate all locally available manpower, materials, supplies, equipment, facilities and services necessary for disaster emergency readiness, response and recovery.
Adopt and implement precautionary measures to mitigate the anticipated effects of disaster.
Recommend to the Township Board of Supervisors or its designated alternate all necessary rules and regulations for the implementation of the basic plan and all other rules and regulations necessary for the protection of the township and its inhabitants in case of disaster or declared emergency.
Cooperate and coordinate with any public and private agency or entity in achieving any purpose of this part.
Have available for inspection at its emergency operations center all emergency management plans, rules and orders of the Governor and the Agency.
Provide prompt and accurate information regarding local disaster emergencies to appropriate commonwealth and local officials and agencies and the general public.
Participate in all tests, drills and exercises, including remedial drills and exercises, scheduled by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency or by the federal government.
Participate in the program of integrated flood warning systems implemented by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Develop mutual aid agreements with adjacent political subdivisions for reciprocal emergency assistance.
Subject to the direction and control of the Township Board of Supervisors, the Emergency Management Coordinator shall have the following powers and duties:
Maintain the in-service qualifications prescribed by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.
Prepare, maintain and keep current a disaster emergency operations plan for the prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by a major emergency or disaster, prompt and effective response to a major emergency or disaster and emergency relief and recovery in consonance with the Montgomery County emergency operations plan.
Initiate and maintain coordination and cooperation with the County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and provide prompt information as requested.
Identify hazards that may affect the municipality. In coordination with the County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), and based upon its hazards vulnerability analysis, determine what hazards could potentially impact upon the township.
Identify resources within the municipality that can be used to respond in a major emergency or disaster situation and report unmet needs. This should include both public and private resources and mass-care facilities.
Develop and maintain an emergency management organization and a trained staff appropriate for the needs and resources of Franconia Township, including a functional organization chart. The staff must be capable of maintaining twenty-four-hour operations.
Mobilize, direct and coordinate the emergency management staff during an emergency.
Develop standard operating procedures (SOP) in coordination with the staff to carry out its responsibilities and functions and the functions of the emergency operations center.
Make reports to the Township Board of Supervisors as required.
No purchase or purchases shall be made, no contract entered into and no expenses incurred by the Emergency Management Agency which involve the payment of more than $25 per occurrence without prior consent of the Township Manager or the Board of Supervisors.
It shall be unlawful for any person to violate any of the provisions of this chapter or of the regulations or plans issued pursuant to the authority contained herein or to willfully obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the Emergency Management Agency as herein defined in the enforcement of the provisions of this chapter or any regulations, plan or order issued hereunder.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this chapter shall, upon being liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the township, pay a fine not exceeding $600 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees incurred by the township. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.
[Amended 6-10-1996 by Ord. No. 237]