[Adopted by Ord. Nos. 91-9 and 94-4]
Purpose. To ensure that the County and its participating municipalities will be prepared to cope with emergencies resulting from enemy action and with emergencies resulting from natural disasters, a County emergency management organization is created to carry out the purposes in Chapter 323, Wis. Stats.
[Amended 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 11-16]
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms are defined as follows:
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
- All those activities and measures designed or undertaken to minimize the effects upon the civilian population caused or which would be caused by enemy action; to deal with the immediate emergency conditions which would be created by such enemy action; and to effectuate emergency repairs to, or the emergency restoration of, vital public utilities and facilities destroyed or damaged by such enemy action.
- ENEMY ACTION
- Any hostile action taken by a foreign power which threatens the security of the State of Wisconsin.
- NATURAL DISASTER
- Includes all other extraordinary misfortunes affecting the County, natural or man-made, not included in the term "enemy action."
Emergency Management Director.
Appointed. The Director shall hold the office of Emergency Management Director of the County and, in addition to his duties as County Director, he shall have the additional duties and responsibilities of the Municipal Emergency Management Director for each participating municipality as set forth in the Wisconsin statutes.
Employed. The Director shall be nominated by the Law Enforcement Committee and confirmed and employed by the County Board. He shall be considered to be an employee of the County and shall be entitled to all of the rights, privileges and benefits that County employees have.
[Amended 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 11-16]
Field director. The field director shall perform various tasks under supervision of the Emergency Management Director.
Federal disaster aid. The County Board authorizes the County Emergency Management Director to execute for and on behalf of the County all applications for the purpose of obtaining federal financial assistance under the Federal Disaster Act.
The Director, in assuming the functions of the County Director, subject to the day-to-day supervision of the Sheriff, and at the direction and policy guidance of the Law Enforcement Committee and under the general supervision of the County Board, shall:
[Amended 12-19-2006 by Ord. No. 06-18; 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 11-16]
Develop and promulgate emergency management plans for the County, consistent with the state plan;
Coordinate and assist in the development of municipal emergency management plans within the County and integrate such plans with the County plans;
Direct the County emergency management program;
Direct County-wide emergency management training programs and exercises;
Advise the State Director of all emergency management planning for the County and render such reports as may be required by the State Director;
In case of a state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor, direct the County emergency management activities and coordinate the municipal emergency management activities within the County, subject to the coordinating authority of the State Director; and
Perform such other duties relating to emergency management as may be required by the County Board.
The Director, in assuming the functions of Emergency Management Director, is subject to the control and direction of the respective emergency management organization and shall coordinate the County organization and plan.
Duty of County organization; expenditures. If the Governor, County Board Chairman or the County Director determines that an emergency exists growing out of a natural or man-made disaster, the County organization shall cope with the problems of emergency within the County. Expenditures for such services rendered in participating municipalities shall be considered County expenditures.
Funding. The County Board shall provide funds for operation of the County emergency management program and shall include the cost thereof in the general County tax levy.
County survival plan. The County Board accepts the County survival plan as written and supports the implementation of its various services and directs that all County employees give full cooperation to the implementation of their assigned services.
State emergency operations plan. The state emergency operations plan, as amended by the General Change Order No. 4, is adopted as the official program of the County for emergency management.
Continuity of government. The continuity of government shall be in the following order so as to comply with the Wisconsin statutes:
Duties of Department of Human Services.
The County Department of Human Services is designated to participate in the emergency management plan as organized by the County Emergency Director in accordance with policies, procedures and standards of the State Department of Family Services and shall for such purpose have the authority to participate in any emergency management activity, whether it be a case of enemy attack, natural disaster, federal alert or practice or test runs.
[Amended 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 11-16]
The Department of Human Services shall establish an approved plan for a line of succession to key agency positions for preservation and protection of essential documents and records and the protection of duplicate records; personal services and other costs related to the continuity of operations of the public assistance programs in an emergency, including disaster preparedness training and the development and establishment of offices essential for the resumption of operations after the emergency.
These duties shall include, without limitation by reason of enumeration, feeding and clothing; housing or lodging in private and congregate facilities; registration; locating and reuniting families; care of unaccompanied children, the aged, the handicapped and other groups needing specialized care or service; necessary financial or other assistance; counseling and referral services to families and individuals; aid to welfare institutions under national emergency or post-attack conditions; and all other feasible welfare aid and services to people in need during a civil defense emergency. Such measures include organization, direction and provision of services to be instituted before attack in the event of strategic or tactical evacuation and after attack in the event of evacuation or of refuge in shelters.
The Department of Human Services shall perform such other services as may be delegated by the State Department of Family Services.
[Amended 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 11-16]
The agency, in performance of emergency management activities, may employ additional administration staff, either full time or part time. Such staff shall be employed under the merit system classification and salary range pursuant to § 49.33(4) to (7), Wis. Stats., and Rule PW-PA 10.
The County agency, in the performance of emergency management activities, may also make use of voluntary workers who shall receive no salary but who may be paid necessary and usual out-of-pocket expenses incurred in performing this work, such payment to be made from the administration account of such agency.
Highway equipment use. The County Board authorizes the County Emergency Management Director to direct the use of County Highway Department equipment and facilities in times of emergency resulting from disaster.
Violations and penalties. No person shall willfully 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 section or do any act forbidden by any order, rule, regulation or plan issued pursuant to the authority contained in this section. Any person found to be in violation of any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a penalty pursuant to § 323.28, Wis. Stats.
[Amended 4-17-2001 by Ord. No. 00-15; 3-27-2012 by Ord. No. 11-16]
Authority of County. The Pierce County Board of Supervisors ordains that Pierce County is authorized to adopt/develop an emergency telecommunications E-911 system.
Such system shall include all requirements of PSC 173, including indemnification for the Public Service Commission and a telecommunication device for deaf users.
The Pierce County E-911 system will also include such sophisticated features as automatic number identifiers (ANI) and automatic location identifiers (ALI).
Automatic number identification (ANI): the ability to display the calling party's telephone number on a CRT screen at the public service answering point without operator intervention.
Automatic location identifier (ALI): identifies the physical location (address) of the calling telephone number.
Contract. Pierce County is authorized to enter into a contract with a vendor and any other appropriate independent telephone companies in Pierce County for the installation and maintenance of an emergency telecommunications 911 network system.
Charges. Pierce County authorizes the levy of a charge on all service users in Pierce County to finance the cost related to the establishment of the emergency telecommunications E-911 system, including nonrecurring and recurring charges in Pierce County, with the charge to be determined pursuant to the procedures set forth in § 146.70(3), Wis. Stats.
[Added by Ord. No. 94-20]
Definitions. The following definitions shall be utilized in application of the terms and conditions of this section:
- A situation in which property or human life is in jeopardy and the prompt summoning of aid is essential.
- The primary emergency telephone number which, if dialed, will access the County 911 system.
- 911 SYSTEM
- The emergency telephone system maintained in Pierce County for the purpose of transmitting requests for law enforcement, fire-fighting and emergency medical and ambulance services from or on behalf of those persons in need of such services to the respective public safety agencies providing the same.
- Any human being, whether or not of the legal age of majority.
- PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCY
- A functional division of a public agency which provides fire-fighting, law enforcement, medical or other emergency services.
Statutory authority. The ordinance codified in this section is adopted pursuant to the authority granted to the County under § 59.54, Wis. Stats., as a means of preserving and promoting the public peace and good order.
Purpose. The ordinance codified in this section is adopted in recognition of the fact that the making of non-emergency calls to 911 and/or the making of prank, harassing or nuisance calls to 911 will reduce the effectiveness of the County 911 system and could result in property damage being sustained by persons in need of emergency services or bodily injury or death to such persons as are in need of emergency services or injury or death to public safety agency employees who are required to respond to 911 calls where legitimate, emergency calls to 911 are interfered with or delayed as a result of such non-emergency calls.
Certain calls to 911 prohibited. No person shall make a telephone call to 911:
Of a non-emergency nature;
With the intent of harassing, delaying or preventing a public service agency from providing emergency services;
To report an emergency knowing that in fact the situation being reported does not exist; or
As a prank, for purposes of harassment or for purposes of creating a nuisance.
Malfunctioning telephone; assessment of forfeiture. When on an emergency basis any public safety agency responds to any location as a result of a telephone call made to 911, which call originated from a malfunctioning telephone, whether or not the owner of the malfunctioning telephone made the call, he/she shall be subject to the assessment of a forfeiture if, during a twelve-month period beginning with the first such response, a total of three 911 calls are received from a malfunctioning telephone. After the third response written notice of such contacts shall be mailed to the telephone owner. For the fourth and each subsequent call of a similar nature received by the 911 system within a twelve-month period, the owner shall be assessed the following forfeitures:
Violations and penalties. Any person who violates any subsection of Subsection D shall be subject to a forfeiture of $25 for the first offense and $250 for the second and each subsequent offense which occurs within one year of the date of the first offense under this section. In addition, each person convicted of a violation of this section shall pay the cost of prosecution.