[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Theresa 6-3-1996 as Title 5, Ch. 5 of the 1996 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated:
- EMERGENCY GOVERNMENT
- The preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions, other than the functions for which the military forces are primarily responsible, to minimize and repair injury and damage resulting from disaster caused by enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action or by fire, flood or other natural causes.
Director position created. There is created the office of Emergency Government Director for the Village who shall be annually appointed by the Village President, subject to confirmation by the Village Board.
Powers and duties.
The Director shall be the executive head of the Village emergency government organization and shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the organization, subject to the direction and control by the Village President and the Village Board.
In addition to such powers and responsibilities as may be imposed on him from time to time by the Village Board, he shall have the authority and it shall be his duty to do the following:
Coordinate all activities for emergency government within the Village.
Maintain liaison and cooperate with emergency government agencies and organizations of other political subdivisions and of the state and federal governments.
Participate in county and state emergency government activities upon request.
Prepare a comprehensive general plan for the emergency government of the Village and present such plan to the Village Board for approval.
Subject to the approval of the Village Board, enter into mutual aid agreements with other political subdivisions and file copies of any such agreements with the Dodge County Emergency Management Director.
Upon the declaration of an emergency, issue all necessary proclamations as to the existence of such state of emergency and such disaster warnings or alerts as shall be required in the emergency government plan.
Preparation and execution. In preparing and executing the emergency government plan, the Director shall utilize the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of the existing departments and agencies of the Village to the maximum extent practicable. When the Village Board has approved the plan, it shall be the duty of all municipal agencies and departments of the Village to perform the duties and functions assigned by the approved plan.
Declarations of emergencies. The emergency government organization shall take action in accordance with the emergency government plan only after the declaration of an emergency and issuance of official disaster warnings. Declaration of emergency shall be made by the Governor, the Village Board, the Village President or, in his absence, the Director. Such state of emergency shall continue until terminated by the issuing authority, provided that any declaration not issued by the Governor may be terminated by the Village Board.
Emergency regulations. Whenever necessary to meet an emergency for which adequate regulations have not been adopted by the Village Board, the Village President and, in his absence, the Emergency Government Director may proclaim, promulgate and enforce orders, rules and regulations relating to the conduct of persons and the use of property which are necessary to protect the public peace, health and safety and preserve lives and property and to ensure cooperation in emergency government activities. Such proclamations shall be posted in three public places and may be rescinded by resolution of the Village Board.
No person shall willfully obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the emergency government organization in the enforcement of any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to this chapter or violate any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to the authority contained in this chapter. Any person who violates any provision of this chapter may, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-5 of this Code.