[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Mansfield 11-13-1979, effective 12-10-1979; amended in its entirety 6-28-2004, effective 7-23-2004. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Police — See Ch. 70.
Pursuant to § 28-7 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended, there is hereby created an Office of Emergency Management, consisting of a Director appointed by the Town Manager and an Advisory Council consisting of the Mayor, the Town Manager, the Superintendent of Schools, the Director of Public Works, the Director of the Eastern Highlands Health District, the Senior Resident Trooper, the Chief of the Mansfield Volunteer Fire Company, Inc., the Chief of the Eagleville Fire Department, Inc., Emergency Service Administrator, and two other persons to be appointed by the Town Manager who are representative of various interests which are important to the emergency management program in the Town of Mansfield. Such Advisory Council members shall serve for two-year terms which are concurrent with the terms of the office of the members of the Town Council.
The Director shall be responsible for the organization, administration and operation of the Office of Emergency Management, subject to the direction and control of the State Director. The Town Manager may remove the local Director for cause.
The Office of Emergency Management shall be responsible for the development and maintenance of current plans and programs which may be needed in response to an emergency caused by an "attack," or by a "civil preparedness emergency," or a "local civil preparedness emergency," as those terms are defined in § 28-1 of the Connecticut General Statutes, as amended. The Office of Emergency Management shall also perform such civil preparedness and emergency management functions within the Town of Mansfield as the State Director prescribes, and, in addition, shall conduct such functions outside such territorial limits as are prescribed by the State Emergency Management program or by the terms of any mutual aid agreements to which the Town of Mansfield is a party.
The Director of the Office of Emergency Management may, with the approval of the State Director, collaborate with other public and private agencies within the State of Connecticut and develop, or cause to be developed, mutual-aid agreements for emergency management aid and assistance in case of a disaster too great to be dealt with unassisted.
The Director of the Office of Emergency Management may, with the approval of the State Director and the Town Manager, enter into mutual-aid agreements with emergency management agencies or organizations in other states. Such agreements shall be consistent with the state's emergency management plan and program, and, in time of emergency, the Office of Emergency Management shall render assistance in accordance with the provisions of such agreements to which it is a party unless otherwise ordered by the State Director.
The Office of Emergency Management may request funds from the Town Council to obtain needed equipment and supplies to fulfill its responsibilities.
In the event of a serious natural or man-made disaster affecting the Town of Mansfield, the Town Manager is in full charge of all personnel and equipment, and the Director of the Office of Emergency Management shall act as his or her advisor in directing the Town's emergency response activities.
The Town Manager may declare a state of emergency or disaster for the Town of Mansfield if in his or her opinion a declaration is necessary. He or she shall file such declaration with the Town Clerk, and it will remain effective for up to 30 days unless voided earlier by the Town Manager or action by the Town Council.
The Director of the Office of Emergency Management will advise the Town Manager on all matters pertaining to emergency management, and he or she will coordinate the activities of the Town agencies, but will not assume control over any agency or department of the Town of Mansfield other than the Office of Emergency Management, unless directly ordered to do so by the Town Manager.
In an emergency situation, the Town Manager is empowered to apply to the state and also, through the state, to federal agencies for any appropriate disaster assistance which may be available.