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(A) In the event of actual or threatened enemy attack or natural disaster, the Mayor or, in his or her absence or inability to serve, the Deputy Mayor, as conservator of the peace, shall:
(1) Declare a state of emergency within the city thereby placing in effect the civil defense and disaster control plan required by this subchapter;
(2) As soon as possible, thereafter, convene the City Council to perform its legislative and administrative functions as the situation may demand. The Council shall have the power to terminate the state of emergency;
(3) Request the chief elected official of the county, through the county’s Emergency Management Coordinator, to declare a local state of emergency and to request assistance from the state and its agencies;
(4) Have the power to command services and the use of equipment and facilities for such work and duties as the city may require to aid the regular and volunteer city forces in time of emergency; and
(5) Promulgate such emergency regulations as may be deemed necessary to protect life and property and conserve critical resources, which regulations may be invoked when necessary for tests of civil defense and disaster plans. All such regulations shall be subject to approval of the Council as soon as practicable subsequent to promulgation.
(B) The Mayor or, in his or her absence or inability to serve, the Deputy Mayor shall have power to order civil defense forces to the aid of the state or political subdivisions thereof subject to Council review as soon as practicable.
(Prior Code, § 1.203) (Ord. 696, passed 8-2-2004)