[Cass County Order No. 01-02 §2, 5-21-2001]
There is hereby created within and for the territory of Cass County an emergency management organization to be known as the Cass County Emergency Management Agency 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 Chapter 44, RSMo., 1994, and supplements thereto, and the Missouri Emergency Operations Plan adopted thereunder.
[Cass County Order No. 01-02 §1, 5-21-2001]
This agency shall consist of a Director and other members appointed by the presiding Commission, to conform to the State organization and procedures for the conduct of emergency operations as outlined in the Missouri Emergency Operations Plan.
[Cass County Order No. 01-02 §3, 5-21-2001]
The organization shall perform emergency management functions within the territorial limits of Cass County and may conduct these functions outside the territorial limits as directed by the Governor during the time of emergency pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 44, RSMo., 1994, and supplements thereto.
[Cass County Order No. 01-02 §4, 5-21-2001]
The Director will be appointed by the presiding Commission and shall serve at the pleasure of the presiding Commissioner.
The Director shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operations of local emergency management activities.
The Director 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 Agency.
[Cass County Order No. 01-02 §5, 5-21-2001]
The presiding Commissioner and the Director, in accordance with Chapter 44, RSMo., 1994, and supplements thereto, 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, including emergency assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters, or national emergency; 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;
In the event of a national emergency or severe local emergency endangering public health, welfare, life or public property, waive the normal purchasing/supply requisition procedures, upon approval of the presiding Commissioner and in accordance with State Statues and any local emergency procurement procedures formally adopted by Cass County;
Appoint, provide or remove rescue teams, auxiliary fire and Police personnel and other emergency operations teams, units or personnel who may serve without compensation;
With the approval of the Governor and consistent with the Missouri Emergency Operations Plan, enter into mutual-aid agreements with other public and private agencies within and without the State for reciprocal emergency aid;
Accept donated goods/services to benefit disaster victims and services, materials, equipment, supplies or funds granted or loaned by the Federal Government for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery purposes.
[Cass County Order No. 01-02 §6, 5-21-2001]
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 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, or 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 Cass County Emergency Management Agency, 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 this State by force or violence."
[Cass County Order No. 01-02 §7, 5-21-2001]
The presiding Commissioner is authorized to designate space in any owned or leased building for the Cass County Emergency Management Office.