(a) The Mayor may exercise the emergency power and authority as specified herein. Whenever a situation requires, or is likely to require, that the Mayor invoke such power and authority, he shall as soon as reasonably expedient, convene the Council to perform its legislative and administrative duties as the situation demands, and shall report to the body relative to emergency activities. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed as abridging or curtailing the powers of the Council unless specifically provided herein. Under the following circumstances, the Mayor may declare a state of emergency exists in the City of Flint and may assemble and utilize the Emergency Management Forces in accordance with the City of Flint’s Emergency Operations Plan, and he/she may prescribe the manner and conditions of the use of such Emergency Management Forces.
(1) Whenever, on the basis of information received from authoritative sources, he/she believes that a large-scale disaster or emergency situation in the City or State is imminent.
(2) During any period of disaster in the City or State and thereafter as long as he/she shall deem it necessary.
(b) Whenever the Mayor deems that any condition in the City is beyond the control of local public or private agencies or has attained or threatens to attain the proportions of a major disaster, he/she may request the Governor to declare a state of disaster exists therein by instructing the Coordinator to contact the District Coordinator in accordance with Section 14 of Act 390 of the Public Acts of 1976, as amended.
(c) The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, is hereby empowered and has the authority:
(1) To appropriate and expend funds, make contracts, obtain and distribute equipment, materials and supplies for disaster purposes.
(2) To provide for the health and safety of persons and property including emergency assistance to the victims of a disaster.
(3) To assign and make equipment available for duty the employees, property or equipment of the municipality relating to firefighting, engineering, rescue, health, medical and related services, police, transportation, construction, and similar items or services for disaster relief purposes within or without the physical limits of the municipality.
(d) In the event of a foreign attack upon this State, to waive procedures and formalities otherwise required by law pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts, the incurring of obligations, the employment of permanent and temporary workers, the utilization of the volunteer workers, rental or equipment, the purchase and distribution with or without compensation of supplies, materials, and facilities, and the appropriation and expenditure of public funds.
(e) The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, shall establish procedures for the succession for government during emergencies where officials are unavailable for exercising the powers and discharging the duties of their respective offices.
(f) The Mayor, with the approval of the Council, may make regulations permitting the Coordinator and Operations Officer to assemble and utilize the Emergency Management Forces and provide disaster relief aid as prescribed herein.
(g) When obtaining formal approvals would result in delay of relief activity, the Mayor may, until the Council convenes, waive procedures and formalities otherwise required pertaining to the performance of public works, entering into contracts, the incurring of obligations, the employment of temporary workers, the rental of equipment, the purchase and distribution of supplies, materials and facilities and expenditures of existing funds, and the Council is also empowered to waive any such procedures and formalities.
(Ord. 3176, passed 8-10-1991)