City of Fredericksburg, VA
 
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[Code 1991, § 2-92(f)]
Violation of or failure to comply with any of the provisions of this article or of the rules and regulations proclaimed by the Mayor in connection therewith shall be deemed a misdemeanor.
[Code 1991, § 2-92(a); Ord. No. 07-35, 8-14-2007]
The City Manager shall act as Director of emergency management. The Assistant City Manager shall act as deputy Director of emergency management. The Emergency Management Agency shall be the Fredericksburg Fire Department.
[Code 1991, § 2-92(b); Ord. No. 07-35, 8-14-2007]
The City Manager shall appoint a coordinator of emergency management activities, with the consent of the City Council. The coordinator shall direct the preparation and execution of an emergency operations plan and emergency services in cooperation with the state department of emergency management.
[Code 1991, § 2-92(d); Ord. No. 07-35, 8-14-2007]
It shall be unlawful to refuse or neglect to obey any rules and regulations as proclaimed by the Director of emergency management pursuant to this article or to refuse or neglect to obey any order of the Director of emergency management in connection therewith, or any calls made upon any person for aid in enforcing such rules and regulations.
[Code 1991, § 2-92(e); Ord. No. 07-35, 8-14-2007]
This article shall constitute an exercise by the City of its governmental functions for the protection of the public peace, health and safety, and neither the City nor any person responding to the regulations lawfully proclaimed and published by the Director of emergency management, or called upon to assist in enforcing such regulations, shall be liable for damages in connection therewith.
[Ord. No. 07-35, 8-14-2007]
A. 
A local emergency may be declared by the Director of emergency management with the consent of the City Council. If the City Council cannot convene due to the disaster or other exigent circumstances, the Director, or, in his absence, the deputy Director, or, in the absence of both the Director and deputy Director, any member of the City Council, may declare the existence of a local emergency, subject to confirmation by the City Council at its next regularly scheduled meeting or at a special meeting within 14 days of the declaration, whichever occurs first. The City Council, when in its judgment all emergency actions have been taken, shall take appropriate action to end the declared emergency.
B. 
A declaration of a local emergency as defined in Code of Virginia, § 44-146.16(6), shall activate the local emergency operations plan and authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance thereunder.
C. 
Whenever a local emergency has been declared, the Director of emergency management, deputy Director, or any member of the City Council in the absence of the Director, if so authorized by the City Council, may control, restrict, allocate or regulate the use, sale, production and distribution of food, fuel, clothing and other commodities, materials, goods, services and resource systems which fall only within the boundaries of the City and which do not impact systems affecting adjoining or other political subdivisions, enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to combat such threatened or actual disaster, protect the health and safety of persons and property and provide emergency assistance to the victims of such disaster, and proceed without regard to time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law (except mandatory constitutional requirements) pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, and other expenditures of public funds, provided such funds in excess of appropriations in the current approved budget, unobligated, are available. Whenever the governor has declared a state of emergency, the City, if affected, may, under the supervision and control of the governor or his designated representative, enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to combat such threatened or actual disaster beyond the capabilities of local government, protect the health and safety of persons and property and provide emergency assistance to the victims of such disaster. In exercising the powers vested under this section, under the supervision and control of the governor, the City may proceed without regard to time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law pertaining to public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, levying of taxes, and appropriation and expenditure of public funds.
D. 
No interjurisdictional agency or official thereof may declare a local emergency. However, an interjurisdictional agency of emergency management shall provide aid and services to the affected political subdivision authorizing such assistance in accordance with the agreement as a result of a local or state declaration.
E. 
None of the provisions of this article shall apply to the emergency disaster relief provided by the American Red Cross or other relief agency solely concerned with the provision of service at no cost to the citizens of the commonwealth.