Emergency Management Advisory Council

IC 10-14-3-17
County emergency management advisory council; local emergency management organizations; power of political subdivisions; public work
Sec. 17. (a) A political subdivision is:
        (1) within the jurisdiction of; and
        (2) served by;
a department of emergency management or by an interjurisdictional agency responsible for disaster preparedness and coordination of response.
    (b) A county shall:
        (1) maintain a county emergency management advisory council and a county emergency management organization; or
        (2) participate in an interjurisdictional disaster agency that, except as otherwise provided under this chapter, may have jurisdiction over and serve the entire county.
    (c) The county emergency management advisory council consists of the following individuals or their designees:
        (1) The president of the county executive or, if the county executive does not have a president, a member of the county executive appointed from the membership of the county executive.
        (2) The president of the county fiscal body.
        (3) The mayor of each city located in the county.
        (4) An individual representing the legislative bodies of all towns located in the county.
        (5) Representatives of private and public agencies or organizations that can assist emergency management considered appropriate by the county emergency management advisory council.
        (6) One (1) commander of a local civil air patrol unit in the county or the commander's designee.
    (d) The county emergency management advisory council shall do the following:
        (1) Exercise general supervision and control over the emergency management and disaster program of the county.
        (2) Select or cause to be selected, with the approval of the county executive, a county emergency management and disaster director who:
            (A) has direct responsibility for the organization, administration, and operation of the emergency management program in the county; and
            (B) is responsible to the chairman of the county emergency management advisory council.
    (e) Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or other law to the contrary, the governor may require a political subdivision to establish and maintain a disaster agency jointly with one (1) or more contiguous political subdivisions with the concurrence of the affected political subdivisions if the governor finds that the establishment and maintenance of an agency or participation in one (1) is necessary by circumstances or conditions that make it unusually difficult to provide:
        (1) disaster prevention;
        (2) preparedness;
        (3) response; or
        (4) recovery services;
under this chapter.
    (f) A political subdivision that does not have a disaster agency and has not made arrangements to secure or participate in the services of an agency shall have an emergency management director designated to facilitate the cooperation and protection of that political subdivision in the work of:
        (1) disaster prevention;
        (2) preparedness;

        (3) response; and
        (4) recovery.
    (g) The county emergency management and disaster director and personnel of the department may be provided with appropriate:
        (1) office space;
        (2) furniture;
        (3) vehicles;
        (4) communications;
        (5) equipment;
        (6) supplies;
        (7) stationery; and
        (8) printing;
in the same manner as provided for personnel of other county agencies.
    (h) Each local or interjurisdictional agency shall:
        (1) prepare; and
        (2) keep current;
a local or interjurisdictional disaster emergency plan for its area.
    (i) The local or interjurisdictional disaster agency shall prepare and distribute to all appropriate officials a clear and complete written statement of:
        (1) the emergency responsibilities of all local agencies and officials; and
        (2) the disaster chain of command.
    (j) Each political subdivision may:
        (1) appropriate and expend funds, make contracts, obtain and distribute equipment, materials, and supplies for emergency management and disaster purposes, provide for the health and safety of persons and property, including emergency assistance to the victims of a disaster resulting from enemy attack, provide for a comprehensive insurance program for its emergency management volunteers, and direct and coordinate the development of an emergency management program and emergency operations plan in accordance with the policies and plans set by the federal emergency management agency and the state emergency management agency;
        (2) appoint, employ, remove, or provide, with or without compensation:
            (A) rescue teams;
            (B) auxiliary fire and police personnel; and
            (C) other emergency management and disaster workers;
        (3) establish:
            (A) a primary; and
            (B) one (1) or more secondary;
        control centers to serve as command posts during an emergency;
        (4) subject to the order of the governor or the chief executive of the political subdivision, assign and make available for duty the employees, property, or equipment of the political subdivision relating to:
            (A) firefighting;
            (B) engineering;
            (C) rescue;
            (D) health, medical, and related services;
            (E) police;
            (F) transportation;
            (G) construction; and
            (H) similar items or services;
        for emergency management and disaster purposes within or outside the physical limits of the political subdivision; and
        (5) in the event of a national security emergency or disaster emergency as provided in section 12 of this chapter, waive procedures and formalities otherwise required by law pertaining to:
            (A) the performance of public work;
            (B) the entering into of contracts;
            (C) the incurring of obligations;
            (D) the employment of permanent and temporary workers;
            (E) the use of volunteer workers;
            (F) the rental of equipment;
            (G) the purchase and distribution of supplies, materials, and facilities; and
            (H) the appropriation and expenditure of public funds.
As added by P.L.2-2003, SEC.5. Amended by P.L.115-2003, SEC.12; P.L.1-2006, SEC.176

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