CHAPTER I. ADMINISTRATIONCHAPTER I. ADMINISTRATION\ARTICLE 9. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OFFICE

(a)   Emergency preparedness is measures taken to minimize the probability or severity of disasters; the preparation for, and the carrying out of all emergency functions, other than functions for which military forces or other Federal agencies are primarily responsible; and the prevention, minimization, and reparation of injuries and damages resulting from disasters.

(b)   Disaster is the occurrence or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made cause, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, epidemic, air contamination, blight, drought, infestation, explosion, riot, or hostile military or paramilitary action.

(c)   State of local disaster emergency is a condition declared by the chairman of the board of county· commissioners of any executive county officer or by the mayor or other principal of any city upon finding that a disaster has occurred or the threat is imminent within such county or city.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

(a)   There is hereby established in the City of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, an Emergency Preparedness Office as a legal member of the Chase County Emergency Preparedness Office, as a legal member of the Chase County Emergency Preparedness Office, for the purpose of assuming, as the disaster agency, responsibility, through the Chase County Emergency Preparedness Office, of emergency preparedness and coordination of response to disasters.

(b)   The Chase County Emergency Preparedness Office, of which the City of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, Emergency Preparedness Office is a legal member, shall have jurisdiction within the City of Cottonwood Falls, as the disaster agency.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

The mayor of the City of Cottonwood Falls, having a disaster agency, shall notify the State Division of Emergency Preparedness of the manner in which such City is providing or securing disaster planning and emergency services.

(b)   The mayor Coordinator shall appoint an Emergency Preparedness to take charge of the Emergency Preparedness Office.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

A State of Local Disaster Emergency may be declared by the mayor of the City of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, upon a finding by such officer that a disaster has occurred or the threat thereof is imminent within the City of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

(b)   No State of Local Disaster Emergency shall be continued for a period in excess of seven (7) days or renewed except with the consent of the Governing Body of the City of Cottonwood Falls.

(c)   In the event of the absence of the mayor or in the incapacity of such mayor, the Governing Body by majority action of the remaining members thereof, may declare a State of Local Disaster Emergency.

(d)   The declaration of a State of Local Disaster Emergency shall activate the response and recovery aspects of any and all local disaster emergency plans which are applicable to the City of Cottonwood Falls, and shall initiate the rendering of aid and assistance thereunder.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

There is hereby created the position of Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the City of Cottonwood Falls.

(b)   The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator shall be appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council, to take charge of the Emergency Preparedness Office, as the City disaster agency.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator shall be responsible for emergency preparedness, coordination of response to disasters, providing disaster planning and emergency services, and to furnish additional information relating thereto as the State Division of Emergency Preparedness requires.

(b)   The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator shall participate and cooperate with the Chase County Emergency Preparedness Off ice in planning for and responding to disasters affecting the City of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

(c)   The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator shall report to the State Division of Emergency Preparedness as indicated in guidelines established by the State Division of Emergency Preparedness, any incident/ accident or imminent threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or man-made cause.

(d)   The Emergency Preparedness Coordinator shall administer such other matters as are necessary to accomplish the purposes of this article.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

Whenever the Federal government or any agency or officer thereof or person, firm, or corporation, shall offer through the State or directly to the City of Cottonwood Falls, services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds by way of gift, grant, or loan, for purposes of emergency preparedness, such City, acting through its mayor or Governing Body of such City may authorize any officer of such City to receive such services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds on behalf of such City and subject to the terms of the offer and the rules and regulations, if any, of the agency making the offer.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

This article shall be subject to, but not limited by, State and Federal laws presently in effect. Kansas law is presently K.S.A. 48-904, et seq., as amended. Federal law is presently the following: PL 82-920, PL 93-288, PL 94-361. All of the rights, powers, privileges, priorities, and protections embodied in said State and Federal laws, enacted now or hereafter, may enlarge, expand, supplement, complement, amend or explain this article, but in no event shall limit the specific provisions of the ordinance.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)

If any provision of this article or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application and to this end the provisions of this article are declared to be severable.

(Ord. 792; Code 2015)