[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ledgeview 8-7-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-012. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Fire Department — See Ch. 49.
The purpose of this chapter is to ensure that the Town of Ledgeview will be prepared to cope with emergencies resulting from enemy action and natural or man-made disasters by establishing an organization for emergency management. It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter that all emergency management functions of the Town of Ledgeview be coordinated to the maximum extent practicable with existing services and facilities of the Town and with comparable functions of the federal, state and county government and other political subdivisions, as well as various private agencies to the end that the most effective preparation and use may be made of manpower, resources and facilities for dealing with any disaster that may occur.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PLAN
- The preparation for and carrying out of all emergency functions, other than functions for which the military forces are primarily responsible, to minimize injury and damage resulting from disaster caused by enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action or by fire, flood or other natural causes.
Chapter 166 of the Wisconsin Statutes is herein incorporated in this chapter by reference.
Appointment. The Town Board Chairperson shall appoint an Emergency Management Director, subject to confirmation by a majority of all members of the Town Board. The Town Board Chairperson is eligible to serve as the Emergency Management Director. The Emergency Management Director shall have an indefinite term of office. The Emergency Management Director shall be the Town's Head of Emergency Management Services, as specified in Wis. Stats. § 166.03(5).
Editor's Note: Former Wis. Stats. § 166.03(5) was renumbered in part and repealed in part by 2009 Act 42, §§ 66 to 121, effective 10-21-2009.
Deputy and assistant directors. Deputy and assistant directors may be appointed by the Director, subject to the approval of the Town Board, as may be deemed necessary.
Powers and duties. The Director shall be the executive head of the Town Emergency Management Organization and shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operation of the organization, subject to the direction and control of the Town Board. In addition to such powers and responsibilities as may be imposed on the Director from time to time by the Town Board, the Director shall have the authority and it shall be his or her duty to:
Coordinate all activities for emergency management within the Town.
Maintain liaison and cooperate with emergency management agencies and organizations of other political subdivisions and of the state and federal government.
Participate in county and state emergency management activities upon request.
Prepare a comprehensive general plan for the emergency management of the Town and present such plan to the Town Board for approval.
Subject to the approval of the Town Board, enter into mutual aid agreements with other political subdivisions and file copies of any such agreements with the State Director of Emergency Management.
Upon declaration of an emergency, issue all necessary proclamations as to the existence of such state of emergency and such disaster warnings or alerts as shall be required in the emergency management plan.
In preparing and executing the emergency management plan, the Director shall utilize the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of the existing departments and agencies of the Town to the maximum extent practicable. When the Town Board has approved the plan, all municipal agencies and departments of the Town shall perform the duties and functions assigned by the approved plan.
The Emergency Management Organization shall take action in accordance with the emergency management plan only after the declaration of an emergency and issuance of official disaster warnings. Declaration of emergency shall be made by the Governor, the Town Board, Town Board Chairperson or, in his or her absence, the Director. Such state of emergency shall continue until terminated by the issuing authority, provided that any declaration not issued by the Governor may be terminated by the Town Board.
Whenever necessary to meet an emergency for which adequate regulations have not been adopted by the Town Board, the Town Board Chairperson and, in his or her absence, the Emergency Management Director may proclaim, promulgate and enforce orders, rules and regulations relating to the conduct of persons and the use of property which are necessary to protect the public peace, health and safety and preserve lives and property and to ensure cooperation in emergency management activities. Such proclamations shall be posted in three public places and may be rescinded by resolution of the Town Board.
[Amended 10-20-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-039]
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully to obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the emergency management organization in the enforcement of any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to this chapter or to do any act forbidden by any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to authority contained in this chapter.