[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Waterloo 10-19-1987 by Ord. No. 87-6 as § 1.27 of the 1987 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
To prepare the City with an effective course of action to be utilized in coping with emergencies resulting from any enemy action and natural or man-made disasters, an Emergency Management Service Organization is created to comply with the program of the state as set forth in § 166.01, Wis. Stats.
The Emergency Management Service Organization shall take action in accordance with the Emergency Operations Plan only after the declaration of an emergency and the issuance of official disaster warnings. Such state of emergency shall continue until terminated by the issuing authority, provided that any such declaration not issued by the Governor may be terminated at the discretion of the Mayor or members of the emergency operating center.
[Amended 9-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-18]
It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of the City that all emergency management functions of the City be coordinated with the existing services and facilities of the City and with comparable functions of the federal, state and county governments and other political subdivisions and of 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 disasters that may occur.
The definition of terms used in this chapter shall be as set forth in § 166.02, Wis. Stats.
The Mayor is hereby appointed head of Emergency Management Services.
Whenever, in the judgment of the Mayor, a natural disaster or emergency exists, he may so declare and order that the Muinicipal Building or other designated facility shall become the emergency operations center of the City for coordinating the delivery of emergency services, as set forth in the City's Emergency Operations Plan.
[Amended 3-15-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-06]
The Mayor, as head of Emergency Management Services, shall be the chief executive officer of the emergency operations. He shall issue such orders and directions to the other members and shall assist them in delivering emergency services that they may be able to provide using the resources of the various departments and facilities under their control.
The Emergency Management Committee shall be the Public Safety and Health Committee. The Emergency Management Committee shall be an advisory and planning group advising the Mayor and the Council on all matters pertaining to emergency management.
Duties and authority.
Nonemergency period. The Director shall direct emergency management training programs and exercises, coordinate all activities for emergency management within the City and maintain liaison and cooperate with the Jefferson County Emergency Management Director. The Director also shall perform all administrative duties necessary for the rendering of reports and procurement of federal matching funds. The Emergency Management Committee, under the Director's supervision, shall prepare a comprehensive general plan for the emergency management of the City and shall present such plan to the Council for its approval and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Council.
Emergency period. The Director shall act as advisor or chief of staff to the Mayor. In his absence, the Director shall assume the Mayor's emergency duties and responsibilities.
In preparing and executing the Emergency Management Program, the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of the existing departments and agencies of the City shall be utilized to the maximum extent practicable, and the officers and personnel of all such departments and agencies are directed to cooperate with and extend such services and facilities as are requested of them.
The City may cooperate pursuant to § 66.0301, Wis. Stats., to furnish services, combine offices and finance emergency management services with other municipalities and Jefferson County upon appropriate resolution of the Council.
The Council, by resolution, may provide for the continuity of government in the event of and throughout the duration of a state of emergency resulting from emergency action by providing a method by which temporary emergency appointments to public office are made, except as limited by express constitutional provisions. Such ordinance or resolution shall define the scope of the powers and duties which may be exercised and shall provide for the termination of appointments so made, pursuant to § 166.07, Wis. Stats.
Whenever necessary to meet an emergency for which adequate regulations have not been adopted by the Council, the Mayor may, by proclamation, promulgate and enforce such orders, rules and regulations relating to the conduct of persons and the use of property as shall be necessary to protect the public peace, health and safety. Any such emergency order, rules and regulations shall expire within 48 hours of the issuance of the same unless extended by the Council, in accordance with § 166.23, Wis. Stats.
Chapter 166, Wis. Stats., is hereby adopted by reference.
[Amended 9-20-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-18]
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 the authority contained in this chapter. For a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter, the forfeiture shall be not more than $100 or, in default, imprisonment for up to six months.