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As used in this chapter, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following words and terms shall have the definitions hereinafter ascribed:
COORDINATOR: The staff assistant to the county board chairman with the duty of coordinating the emergency management programs of Grundy County, with the title of "director".
COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES AND DISASTER AGENCY: The agency established by this chapter that shall be responsible for the coordination of the overall emergency management program of Grundy County and with private organizations, political subdivisions, and the state and federal governments. The "county emergency services and disaster agency" also means the local agency responsible for the implementation of title III of the superfund amendments and reauthorization act of 1986 and the local emergency management agency.
DISASTER: An occurrence or threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or technological cause, including, but not limited to, fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, hazardous materials spill or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage, epidemic, air contamination, blight, extended periods of severe and inclement weather, drought, infestation, critical shortages of essential fuels and energy, explosion, riot, hostile military or paramilitary action, public health emergencies, or acts of domestic terrorism.
DISASTER TRAINING EXERCISE: A planned event designed specifically to simulate an actual disaster that will provide emergency operations training for emergency response personnel. Actual response by emergency services and disaster agency volunteers to local emergency situations not qualifying as "disasters", as defined in this section, is considered a disaster training exercise. Provided, however, that performance of the usual and customary emergency functions of a political subdivision (e.g., police, fire or emergency medical services) is not included within this definition of a "disaster training exercise".
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT: The efforts of the state and the political subdivisions to develop, plan, analyze, conduct, provide, implement and maintain programs for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN: The written plan of the state and the county describing the organization, mission and functions of the government and supporting services for responding to and recovery from disasters.
EMERGENCY SERVICES: The coordination of functions by the state and the county, other than functions for which military forces are primarily responsible, as may be necessary or proper to prevent, minimize, repair, and alleviate injury and damage resulting from any natural or technological causes. These functions include, without limitation, firefighting services, police services, emergency aviation services, medical and health services, rescue, engineering, warning services, communications, radiological, chemical and other special weapons defense, evacuation of persons from stricken or threatened areas, emergency assigned functions of plant protection, temporary restoration of public utility services and other functions related to civilian protection, together with all other activities necessary or incidental to protecting life or property.
EMERGENCY SERVICES AND DISASTER AGENCY: The agency established by this chapter within the county to coordinate the emergency management program within the county and with private organizations, other political subdivisions, the state and federal governments, entitled the "Grundy County Emergency Management Agency".
ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY: The agency established by the executive branch of state government responsible for coordination of the overall emergency management program of the state with private organizations, political subdivisions, and the federal government. "Illinois emergency management agency" also means the state emergency response commission responsible for the implementation of title III of the superfund amendments and reauthorization act of 1986.
MOBILE SUPPORT TEAM: A group of individuals designated as a team by the governor or the director of the Illinois emergency management agency to train prior to and to be dispatched, if the governor or the director so determines, to aid and reinforce the state and the county emergency management efforts in response to a disaster.
MUNICIPALITY: Any city, village and incorporated town.
POLITICAL SUBDIVISION: Any county, city, village, or incorporated town or township if the township is in a county having a population of more than two million (2,000,000).
PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Chairman of the county board, or in his/her absence or disability, the interim successor as established under section 7 of the emergency succession act 1 .
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: An occurrence or imminent threat of an illness or health condition that:
A. Is believed to be caused by any of the following:
2. The appearance of a novel or previously controlled or eradicated infectious agent or biological toxin;
3. A natural disaster;
4. A chemical attack or accidental release; or
5. A nuclear attack or accident; and
B. Poses a high probability of any of the following harms:
1. A large number of deaths in the county;
2. A large number of serious or long term disabilities in the county; or
3. Widespread exposure to an infectious or toxic agent that poses a significant risk of substantial future harm to a large number of people in the county.
VOLUNTEER: Any person who has freely donated his time to the emergency management program. (Ord., 1-10-1995; amd. 2004 Code)
1. 5 ILCS 275/7.