[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Adams County as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-20-1999 by Ord. No. 10-1999]
A sophisticated emergency telephone system (enhanced 911) is hereby established for Adams County pursuant to § 256.35(2)(a), Wis. Stats. The Adams County Enhanced 911 Emergency Telephone Number System Plan/Operation attached is incorporated herein by reference.
Editor's Note: The plan is on file at the office of the County Clerk.
Pursuant to § 256.35(3)(b), Wis. Stats., there is imposed on all service users in Adams County the following charge: $0.30 per month, subject to change per provider rates.
[Adopted 3-15-2005 by Ord. No. 12-2005; amended in its entirety 12-15-2009 by Ord. No. 28-2009]
The State of Wisconsin "Emergency Response Framework" is adopted by the Adams County Board of Supervisors as the official program of the County Emergency Management Office.
To ensure that the County and participating municipalities thereof will be prepared to cope with emergencies resulting from enemy action and natural disasters or threat of imminent disaster, the County-Municipal Emergency Management Office is created to carry out the purposes as set out in Ch. 323, Wis. Stats.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A severe or prolonged, natural or human-caused, occurrence that threatens or negatively impacts life, health, property, infrastructure, the environment, the security of this state or a portion of this state, or critical systems, including computer, telecommunications, or agricultural systems.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
- All measures undertaken by or on behalf of the state and its subdivisions to do any of the following:
- ENEMY ACTION
- Hostile action by a foreign power which threatens the security of this state or a portion thereof.
- INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS)
- A functional management system established to control, direct and manage the roles, responsibilities and operations of all the agencies involved in a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency emergency response.
- An organized effort to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from an emergency.
- NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (NIMS)
- A system that provides a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, local and tribal governments to work together more effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity.
How constituted. The Committee on Public Safety and Judiciary shall function as the Emergency Management Committee.
Duties of Emergency Management Committee. The Emergency Management Committee shall be an advisory and planning group and shall advise the County Emergency Management Director and the County Board of Supervisors on all matters pertaining to emergency management.
Director. There is hereby created the office of Emergency Management Director. The Emergency Management Director shall have the duties and responsibilities for each participating municipality set forth in Ch. 323, Wis. Stats.
Appointment. The County Emergency Management Director shall serve as Emergency Management Director.
Joint director. There is hereby created the office of County-Municipal Emergency Management Director. The County Emergency Management Director shall also hold the office of Emergency Management Director of such municipalities of Adams County as may hereafter enact an ordinance parallel to this article. In addition to his/her duties as Emergency Management Director, he/she shall have the additional duties and responsibilities of a municipal emergency management director as provided for in § 66.0301, Wis. Stats.
Office and staff. The County Board shall provide the funding necessary to carry out the function of the Emergency Management Department.
Major equipment and services. Costs of equipment and services shall be born 100% by the municipal government requiring such procurement with federal matching funds procured by the Emergency Management Director when applicable. Federal matching fund reimbursement shall be returned to the treasurer of the municipality procuring the equipment or services.
The Director, subject to Ch. 323, Wis. Stats., and the direction of the Public Safety and Judiciary Committee, shall:
Develop and promulgate emergency management plans for Adams County consistent with state plans.
Coordinate and assist in the development of city, village and town emergency operation plans within the County and integrate such plans with County plans.
Direct and coordinate the County emergency management program.
Coordinate County-wide emergency training programs and exercises.
Advise Wisconsin Emergency Management/Department of Military Affairs of all emergency management planning for the County and render such reports to the adjutant general as may be required.
In case of a state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor, direct and coordinate all County and municipal emergency management activities within the County, subject to the coordinating authority of the state administrator.
Identify and implement precautionary measures to mitigate against potential hazards.
Prepare, maintain and annually review local emergency preparedness plans.
Develop and maintain effective relationships with government, private and voluntary agencies with interests within the County.
Establish, implement, maintain, test and evaluate the actual operational systems for responding to known threats to the County.
See that all emergency tasks are carried out within the legal authority as guided by the state statutes and the County Code and participate in and contribute to the legislative and regulatory process as it relates to emergency management.
Develop and implement public information and public relations activities.
Perform such other duties relating to emergency management as may be required by Ch. 323, Wis. Stats., Wisconsin Emergency Management/Department of Military Affairs, the Public Safety and Judiciary Committee or the County Board.
The Deputy Director, in assuming the functions of Emergency Management Director under § 323.15, Wis. Stats., shall:
Direct the Office of Emergency Management;
Develop, promulgate and integrate into the county plan emergency management plans for the operating services of the offices;
Direct participation of the county in such emergency management training programs and exercises as may be required on the county level or by Wisconsin Emergency Management; and
In the absence of the Emergency Management Director, fill in in his/her stead, performing all of his/her duties.
The Director, in assuming the functions of the emergency management coordination for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and designated as coordinator of information and community emergency coordinator, shall:
If not already complete, develop a County-wide hazardous materials response plan and submit with completed review guide to Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM).
Develop off-site facility plans for each facility having the threshold planning quantity (TPQ) of an extremely hazardous substance (EHS) and submit with review guides to Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM). Update plans annually.
Annually publish Section 324 of Public Law (P.L.) 99-499, official notice to the public concerning information available from the LEPC.
Provide information as requested by the public concerning facility and LEPC activities.
Receive and maintain notifications and reports from facilities.
Determine the schedule of exercises of Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) plans.
Provide WEM with an official mailing address for the LEPC and annually submit an updated list of LEPC members which includes their names, group represented, addresses and phone numbers and indicates who is chair, vice chair, coordinator of information and community emergency coordinator.
Develop an outreach and public information program.
Annually exercise EPCRA/SARA plans.
Complete emergency planning grant applications. When requesting a second advance for emergency planning grant, provide WEM with information on actual expenditures to date.
Provide WEM with information concerning hazardous materials response teams and equipment available from the facilities and from government.
Adams County will comply with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirement in all phases (i.e., mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery) of its emergency management program, as detailed by the federal and state government, in order to facilitate an effective and coordinated emergency management system and in order to remain eligible for funding. As part of becoming compliant with the NIMS, Adams County hereby adopts the approved Incident Command System (ICS) for use in all emergency operations. The Adams County Emergency Management Director will provide County and municipal agencies with the information necessary to aid each entity with complying with the NIMS requirement(s).
In order to meet the needs of the community in a County-declared disaster in a timely manner while still meeting the federal guidelines for competitive purchasing, request for contractors may be released in the most expeditious form of legal notice and the open period may close no less than three days after the request is publicly released. The County will review the submissions for both price and quality to select a bidder. In order to achieve economies of scale or to simplify the bidding process, municipalities may, at the time of disaster, submit a written letter requesting that the County hire contractors on the municipality's behalf. The municipality will remain responsible for the costs of its portion of the contract unless other arrangements are detailed in writing beforehand. The County may also implement, with the concurrence of the County Board Chair or designee, an expedited hiring process. The intent of this process is to bring into County service temporary employees that may be needed on a limited-term basis specifically to aid in the recovery from a County-declared disaster.
In a formally declared County disaster, this provision of this article would supersede existing County policy, resolution or ordinance in order to expedite the hiring and/or bidding process(es) only during this specifically declared event. If the County Board Chair is not available for approval, the First Vice Chair of the Board, the Second Vice Chair of the Board or the Sheriff (respectively) may approve the implementation of this process.
In the event that a natural, technological or man-made disaster occurs within Adams County that exceeds the ability of the combined local municipal and County resources to manage, a disaster declaration for Adams County shall be declared. Those authorized to make such a declaration include the Chair of the County Board, the First Vice Chair of the Board, the Second Vice Chair of the Board and the Sheriff. Any expenditures for services rendered in participating municipalities shall be paid by such municipalities.
The County Emergency Management Director shall have the authority to execute, for and on behalf of the County, applications, assurances and agreements as and for emergency federal financial assistance available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the President's Disaster Relief Fund and other resources. The Director shall be referred to in this capacity as the "applicant's agent." The authority granted to said Director in this section shall be subject to the Director's securing prior approval for her/his actions from the Public Safety and Judiciary Committee, except where the nature of the natural disaster or enemy action is such as to create an exigency which requires the immediate execution of the aforesaid duties in light of applicable federal standards.
It is unlawful for any person willfully to obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the Emergency Management Office in the enforcement of any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to this article or to commit any act forbidden by any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to the authority contained in this article. A violation of this section shall be subject to a forfeiture of not more than $200.
Municipalities in Adams County may execute an intergovernmental cooperative agreement with the County under § 66.0301, Wis. Stats. Execution of such agreement shall bind a municipality to participate in emergency management as set forth in this article.