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Emergency Management Ordinance

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SECTION 1.  Short Title

This Ordinance shall be known and cited or referred to as the Rankin County Emergency Management ordinance.

SECTION 2.   Intent and Purpose

It is the intent and purpose of this Ordinance to provide for (1) creation of an Emergency Management Council and Department; (2) the preparation and carrying out of plans for the protection of persons and property within Rankin County in the event of an emergency; (3) the direction of the emergency organization; and (4) the coordination of the emergency functions of Rankin County government with all other public agencies, corporations, organizations, and affected persons.

SECTION 3. Definitions, as used in this Ordinance

Emergency management means the preparation for the carrying out of all emergency measures and functions, other than functions for which military or state or federal agencies are primarily responsible, to prevent, minimize and repair injury, damages or loss resulting from disasters or emergencies caused by or that would be caused by enemy attack, sabotage, or other hostile action, or by natural, man-made or technological causes, and the recovery therefrom.

SECTION 4.  Emergency Management Council created, members

The Emergency Management Council of Rankin County is hereby created and shall consist of the following members:

  1. The President of the Board of Supervisors, who shall be the Chairman of the Council.
  2. The County Administrator.
  3. The Emergency Management Director, who shall be Vice Chairman.
  4. The Sheriff of Rankin County.
  5. The Board of Supervisors Attorney.

SECTION 5.   Emergency Management Council, Powers and Duties

It shall be the duty of the Emergency Management Council, and it is hereby empowered to develop and recommend for adoption by the Board of Supervisors, emergency and mutual aid plans and agreements and such ordinances/resolutions, and rules and regulations as are necessary to implement such plane and agreements. The Emergency Management Council shall meet at the call of the Chairman, or in his absence or incapacitation, by the Vice Chairman.

SECTION 6. Emergency Management Department created, Director

  1. The Emergency Management Director is hereby empowered to:
    1. Develop, with the cooperation and assistance of heads of Rankin County Emergency Services, emergency plans and manage the emergency management programs of the County; such plans and programs to be integrated into and coordinated with emergency management plans and programs of the State of Mississippi.
    2. Designate the order of succession to that office, to take effect in the event he/she is absent or incapacitated and unable to perform duties during emergencies.
    3. Request the Board of Supervisors to proclaim the existence of a local emergency.
    4. Recommend that the Board of Supervisors request the Governor to declare an emergency when, in his/her opinion, the locally available resources are inadequate to cope with the emergency.
    5. Coordinate the efforts of County emergency organizations for the accomplishment of the purposes of this Ordinance.
    6. Represent the County in all dealings with public or private agencies on matters pertaining to emergencies as defined herein.
    7. Recommend the issuance of rules and regulations on matters related to the protection of life and property as affected by emergency situations.
    8. Recommend the procurement of vital supplies, equipment, and such other resources needed for the protection of life and property.
  2. The Director shall have such other duties and powers as may be assigned by the Board of Supervisors.

SECTION 8. Emergency Organization

The emergency organization of Rankin County shall consist of all the officers and employees of Rankin County, together with those volunteer forces enrolled to aid them during an emergency, and all organizations, groups and persons who by agreement or operation of law be charged with the protection of life and property in Rankin County during such emergency.

SECTION 9. Emergency Plans

The Emergency Management Director shall be responsible to the Emergency Management Council for the development and maintenance of the County emergency management plan, which plan shall provide for the effective mobilization of all the resources of the County, both public and private, to meet any condition constituting an emergency; and shall provide for the organization, powers, duties, services and staff of the emergency organization. Such plan shall take effect upon adoption by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.

SECTION 10. Funds

Funds to defray the expenses of administration and operation shall be provided through an appropriation from the general and other authorized funds made by the Board of Supervisors.

SECTION 11. Immunity

No member of the emergency organization while engaged in any emergency management activities, while complying with or attempting to comply with this resolution or any rule or regulation promulgated pursuant to it, except in cases of willful misconduct, shall be liable for the death or injury to persons, or damage to property, as a result of such activity.

SECTION 12. Penalties

Any person violating any provision of this Ordinance or any rule, order, or regulation shall, upon conviction thereof be punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or imprisonment for but not exceeding, six (6) months, or both.

SECTION 13. Repeals of Conflicting Documents

All ordinances, resolutions, orders, regulations or directives in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed.

SECTION 14. Applicability

At all times when the rules, orders and regulations, made and promulgated pursuant to this Ordinance shall be in effect, they shall supersede all existing ordinances, resolutions and regulations, insofar as the latter may be inconsistent therewith.

SECTION 15. Severability

Should any provision of this Ordinance be held invalid, such actions will not affect the other provisions thereof.

SECTION 16. Effective Date

This Ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days from the date hereunder.

UPON MOTION DULY MADE, seconded, and upon unanimous vote of all Supervisors present, the Ordinance was passed.

THIS the 6th day of November, 1989.








Publish: November 15, 22, and 29, 1989