[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of East Hampton 7-10-1990. Amendments noted where applicable.]
There is hereby created a Civil Preparedness (Defense) Agency under the supervision of a Director with an advisory board. Such Director and board shall be appointed by and may be removed by the Town Manager at any time.
The Civil Preparedness Director shall have the following duties:
He shall advise the Town Manager on matters pertaining to civil preparedness and disaster emergency operations.
He shall coordinate the activities of all Town agencies in disaster emergency situations but in no case will he assume command of any agency or department other than the Civil Preparedness (Defense) Agency unless directly ordered to do so by the Town Manager.
He will coordinate the activities of all Civil Preparedness (Defense) Agency forces, both full-time and volunteer, and will be responsible for the recruitment and training of needed civil preparedness personnel.
He will assist the Town Manager in the preparation and updating of Town emergency operations plans and standard operating procedures.
He will maintain contact with the State Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security through the area office so designated for the Town of East Hampton, and will coordinate with the State Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in the preparation of required reports, procedures, and other necessary paperwork to ensure that the Town receives all possible funding, equipment and other benefits available to the state through state and national emergency management agencies for civil preparedness.
He will perform such other civil preparedness related functions as may, from time to time, be assigned to him by the Town Manager.
The advisory board shall assist the Director in the formulation of policy for the governing of the Civil Preparedness (Defense) Agency. The terms of office for the appointed advisory board shall be two years, except that in the case of a board member serving by virtue of holding another Town office, such member shall serve for a term corresponding with the term of such other office.
In the event of disaster, the Town Manager, or in the event of a vacancy in the office of Town Manager, the Chairman of the Town Council, will assume complete command of all local government functions and facilities. All available local resources will be brought to bear on the disaster existent in an effort to protect and preserve human life and property of the community, to the greatest extent possible. The authority of the Town Manager, or in the event of a vacancy in his office, of the Chairman of the Town Council, shall be limited only by the Governor of the State of Connecticut in state declared emergencies or the President of the United States of America in a declared national emergency.
The terms "emergency management," "civil preparedness," and "civil defense" shall have the same meaning and shall be interchangeable as said terms may apply to the agency and/or agencies referred to in this chapter and all plans, equipment, directives, and activities connected herewith