Village of Richfield, WI
Washington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Richfield 6-18-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-6-1 (Ch. 3 of prior Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 30-1 Policy and purpose.

A. 
Declaration of policy. Village officials have a constitutional and statutory duty to protect public health and safety; therefore, the Village will provide guidelines for the preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies or disaster conditions within the Village.
B. 
Purpose.
(1) 
By reason of the possibility of disasters or destructiveness and to ensure that preparation will be adequate to cope with such disasters and to provide for the common defense, to protect the public peace and to preserve the lives and property of the people, it is necessary to:
(a) 
Establish an office of emergency management in the Village of Richfield. This office will include the Emergency Management Committee (EMC), Director of Emergency Management (DOEM), Public Information Officer (PIO), and Damage Assessment Team (DAT).
(b) 
Provide for exercise of necessary powers during emergencies.
(c) 
Provide for the rendering of cooperation and mutual aid between the Village and other political subdivisions.
(2) 
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of the Village that all emergency management functions of the Village be coordinated to the maximum extent applicable with existing services and facilities of the Village, its comparable political subdivisions, and the various private agencies to the end that the effective preparation and use may be made of personnel, resources, and facilities for dealing with any disasters that occur.

§ 30-2 Definitions.

The following words, terms, and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except when the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
CIVIL DEFENSE
All measures undertaken by or on behalf of the state, county and the Village to prepare for and minimize the effects of enemy action upon the civilian population.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Includes civil defense and means all measures undertaken by or on behalf of the Village within the Village:
A. 
To prepare for and minimize the effect of any unplanned incident that has the potential to impact personal health and safety or damage property.
B. 
To assist in emergency repairs or restorations of vital public utilities and facilities destroyed or damaged by such action.
ENEMY ACTION
Hostile action by a foreign power that threatens the security of the Village.
UNPLANNED INCIDENTS
Disasters caused by floods; tornadoes; severe snow/ice storms; fires; hazardous material spills; significant power outages; major vehicle, train, boat, or airplane disasters; human pandemics; terrorism; hostile action; and other natural or man-made disasters.

§ 30-3 Emergency Management Committee (EMC).

A. 
Membership. The EMC shall consist of the following: Village President, DOEM, Richfield Volunteer Fire Company Chief, Washington County Sheriff, Village Administrator, Public Works Supervisor, and the Village Building Inspector. The DOEM shall chair this Committee.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
B. 
Powers and duties. The EMC shall be an advisory and planning committee to establish and develop all programs and plans necessary to implement effective emergency management in the Village. This Committee will meet annually to review and upgrade the emergency management policy and procedures.

§ 30-4 Director of Emergency Management (DOEM).

A. 
Appointment. The Village President shall appoint the DOEM subject to confirmation by the Village Board.
B. 
Powers and duties. The DOEM shall chair the EMC and shall be directly responsible for the organization, administration, and operation of emergency management activities, subject to the direction and control of the Village Board. The Director shall:
(1) 
Coordinate all activities for emergency management within the Village.
(2) 
Maintain liaison and cooperation with emergency government agencies and organizations of other local political subdivisions as well as state and federal governments.
(3) 
Participate in county and state emergency management activities upon request.
(4) 
In accordance with the Wisconsin State Emergency Management format and the Washington County Ordinance of Compliance, develop and promulgate a comprehensive emergency management operational plan for the Village Board's approval. When the Board has approved the plan by resolution, it shall be the duty of all municipal agencies and government forces of the Village to perform the duties and functions assigned by such plan as approved. The plan may be modified in like manner.
(5) 
Have such additional authority, duties, and responsibilities as are authorized by this chapter and which may, when necessary, be required by the Village President.

§ 30-5 Public Information Officer (PIO).

A. 
Appointment. The Village President shall appoint the PIO subject to the confirmation of the Village Board.
B. 
Powers and duties. The PIO shall provide censored information to the media so as to keep the public informed of the emergency and any safety measures necessary to protect the public. The PIO shall operate under guidelines established in the emergency operations plan.

§ 30-6 Damage Assessment Team (DAT). [1]

A. 
Appointment. The Village President shall appoint the DAT subject to the confirmation of the Village Board. The DAT shall consist of one elected official, Village Building Inspector, Public Works Supervisor, and at least two residents. Residents should have experience in the following fields to evaluate the cost of damage: realtors, assessors, insurance adjustors, or building, electrical, and plumbing inspectors.
B. 
Powers and duties. The DAT shall assess private and public damage and provide a preliminary "Uniform Disaster Situation Report" to the Village President and Washington County DOEM as soon as reasonably possible for possible aid from federal/state/county agencies.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 30-7 Declaration of emergency.

A. 
Plans. Upon receipt, in the Village, of a declaration of an emergency by the President of the United States, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, Washington County Board Chair, Village President, or in absence of the Village President, the person in charge pursuant to the order of succession, the DOEM shall see that all proclamations have been issued and disseminated with reference to the state of emergency and shall cause such emergency plans and operations to be placed into effect as are deemed necessary to cope with the situation. Such state of emergency shall continue until terminated by the issuing authority, provided that any such declaration not issued by the President or Governor may be terminated at the discretion of the Village President.
B. 
Order of succession. In the event the Village President is unavailable to respond to an emergency, the order of succession shall be as follows:[1]
(1) 
Longest serving Village Board member.
(2) 
Village Administrator.
(3) 
Assistant to the Administrator.
(4) 
Village Public Works Supervisor.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 30-8 Emergency regulations.

Whenever necessary, to meet a duly proclaimed emergency for which adequate regulations have not been adopted by the Village Board, the Village President and/or the DOEM may enforce such orders, rules, and regulations as shall be deemed necessary to protect the public peace, health and safety, preserve lives and property, preserve economic stability, ensure cooperation, and regulate the conduct of the public.

§ 30-9 Utilization of existing services and facilities.

In preparing and executing the emergency management plan, the DOEM shall utilize the services, equipment, supplies, and facilities of the existing departments and agencies of the Village and its political subdivisions to the extent practicable. The officers and personnel of such departments and agencies are directed to provide such services, facilities, and equipment as may be required.

§ 30-10 Mutual aid agreements.

The DOEM may, subject to the approval of the EMC and the Village Board, enter into mutual aid agreements with other political subdivisions within Washington County, pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes and the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Plan. A copy of such agreements shall be filed with state and county directors of emergency management.

§ 30-11 Obstructing enforcement; violations and penalties.

It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully obstruct, hinder, or delay any member of emergency management in the enforcement of any order, rule, regulation, or plan issued pursuant to this chapter or do any act forbidden by an order, rule, regulation, or plan pursuant to the authority contained in this chapter. For violation of any of the provisions in this section such person shall forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $500 and, in default of payment thereof, shall be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days or until such forfeiture shall have been paid.