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A. The emergency services director is empowered to:

1. Request the city council to proclaim the existence or threatened existence of a “local emergency” if the city council is in session, or to issue such proclamation if the city council is not in session. Whenever a local emergency is proclaimed by the emergency services director, the city council shall take action to ratify the proclamation within seven days thereafter or the proclamation shall have no further force or effect;

2. Request the governor to proclaim a “state of emergency” when, in the opinion of the emergency services director, the locally available resources are inadequate to cope with the emergency;

3. Control and direct the effort of the emergency organization of this city for the accomplishment of the purposes of the ordinance codified in this chapter;

4. Direct cooperation between and coordination of services and staff of the emergency organization of this city; and resolve questions of authority and responsibility that may arise between them;

5. Represent this city in all dealings with public or private agencies on matters pertaining to emergencies as defined in this chapter;

6. In the event of the proclamation of a “local emergency” as provided in this subsection, the proclamation of a “state of emergency” by the Governor or the Director of the California Emergency Management Agency, a “federal declaration of emergency” or the existence of a “state of war emergency,” the emergency services director is empowered:

a. To make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property as affected by such emergency; provided, however, such rules and regulations must be confirmed at the earliest practicable time by the city council;

b. To obtain vital supplies, equipment and such other properties found lacking and needed for the protection of life and property and to bind the city for the fair value thereof and, if required immediately, to commandeer the same for public use;

c. To require emergency services of any city officer or city employee and, in the event of the proclamation of a “state of emergency” in the county in which this city is located, or the existence of a “state of war emergency,” to command the aid of as many citizens of this community as he or she deems necessary in the execution of his or her duties; such persons shall be entitled to all privileges, benefits and immunities as are provided by state law for registered disaster service workers;

d. To requisition necessary personnel or material of any city department or agency; and

e. To execute all of his or her ordinary power as city manager, all of the special powers conferred upon him or her by this chapter or by resolution or emergency plan pursuant hereto adopted by the city council, and all powers conferred upon him or her by any statute, by any agreement approved by the city council, and by any other lawful authority.

f. Nothing herein shall limit or otherwise preclude the disaster council or city council from directly enacting measures or directing enforcement of measures in furtherance of this chapter or as deemed necessary by the city council to protect the public health, safety, and welfare, pursuant to any declared local, state, or federal emergency by any lawful means otherwise available to them, including but not limited to declaration, proclamation, motion, minute order, resolution, or ordinance.

B. The emergency services director shall designate the order of succession to that office, to take effect in the event the director is unavailable to attend meetings and otherwise perform his or her duties during an emergency. Such order of succession shall be approved by the city council.

C. The deputy emergency services director shall assist the emergency services director in all respects, particularly in coordinating the activities of city staff members and volunteer members of the emergency organization.

D. The emergency operations center director shall, under the supervision of the emergency services director, manage the city’s emergency operations center when activated to respond to and recover from an emergency or disaster. The emergency operations center director with the assistance of other city staff and volunteers shall develop emergency action plans to control and manage any emergency or disaster in this city. (Ord. 1692 § 2, 2021; Ord. 1560 § 5, 2011: prior code § 2430.4)