[CC 1988 §8-1; Ord. No. 2635 §1, 7-3-1978; Ord. No. 2740 §1, 6-6-1983; Ord. No. 3554 §1, 2-18-2004]
There is hereby created within and for the territory of the City of De Soto a disaster planning and operations organization to be known as the De Soto Emergency Management Organization, which is responsible for the preparation and implementation of emergency functions required to prevent, minimize and repair injury and damage due to disasters, to include emergency management of resources and administration of such economic controls as may be needed to provide for the welfare of the people and emergency activities (excluding functions for which military forces are primarily responsible) in accordance with the Missouri Civil Defense Act, Chapter 44, RSMo., and the Missouri Disaster Operations Plan adopted thereunder. The City also adopts the Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan in developing a Disaster Resistant Community Program for the City of De Soto, as set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Emergency Management Agency. This plan being set forth to assist communities in becoming Disaster Resistant Communities.
[CC 1988 §8-2; Ord. No. 2635 §1, 7-3-1978; Ord. No. 2740 §1, 6-6-1983]
This organization shall consist of a Coordinator and other members appointed by the City Manager to conform to the State organization and procedures for the conduct of emergency operations as outlined in the Missouri Disaster Operations Plan.
[CC 1988 §8-3; Ord. No. 2635 §1, 7-3-1978]
The organization shall perform civil defense functions within the territorial limits of the City and may conduct these functions outside the territorial limits as directed by the Governor during the time of emergency pursuant to the provisions of the Missouri Civil Defense Act, Chapter 44, RSMo.
[CC 1988 §8-4; Ord. No. 2635 §1, 7-3-1978; Ord. No. 2740 §1, 6-6-1983]
The Coordinator will be appointed by the City Manager and shall serve during the pleasure of the City Manager.
The Coordinator shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operations of local disaster planning and operations.
The Coordinator shall be responsible for maintaining records and accounting for the use and disposal of all items of equipment placed under the jurisdiction of the Emergency Management Organization.
[CC 1988 §8-5; Ord. No. 2635 §1, 7-3-1978]
The City Manager and the Coordinator in accordance with the Missouri Civil Defense Act, Chapter 44, RSMo., may:
Appropriate and expend funds, make contracts, obtain and distribute equipment, materials and supplies for emergency management purposes; provide for the health and safety of persons, the safety of property; and direct and coordinate the development of disaster plans and programs in accordance with the policies and plans of the Federal and State Governments.
Appoint, provide or remove rescue teams, auxiliary fire and Police personnel and other emergency operations teams, units or personnel who may serve without compensation.
In the event of enemy attack, waive the provisions of Statutes requiring advertisements for bids for the performance of public work or entering into contracts.
With the approval of the Governor and consistent with the Missouri Disaster Operations Plan, enter into mutual-aid agreements with other public and private agencies within and without the State for reciprocal emergency aid.
Accept services, materials, equipment, supplies or funds granted or loaned by the Federal Government for disaster planning and operations purposes.
[CC 1988 §8-6; Ord. No. 2635 §1, 7-3-1978; Ord. No. 2740 §1, 6-6-1983]
No person shall be employed or associated in any capacity in any organization established under this act who advocates or has advocated a change by force or violence in the constitutional form of the government of the United States or in this State or the overthrow of any government in the United States by force or violence, or has been convicted of or is under indictment or information charging any subversive act against the United States. Each person who is appointed to serve in an organization for civil defense shall, before entering upon his/her duties, take an oath, in writing, before a person authorized to administer oaths in this State, which oath shall be substantially as follows:
"I, ____________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Missouri against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter. And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence; and that during such a time as I am a member of the City of De Soto Emergency Management Organization, I will not advocate nor become a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence.
[CC 1988 §8-7; Ord. No. 2635 §1, 7-3-1978; Ord. No. 2740 §1, 6-6-1983]
The City Manager is authorized to designate space in any City owned or leased building for the De Soto Emergency Management Organization.