A.   State Of Emergency: Whenever the county board chairman determines after an investigation that a dangerous situation or potentially dangerous situation exists which could cause death to individuals or serious injury to property or the health and welfare of the public, the board chairman may declare that a state of emergency exists. The bases for a declaration of a state of emergency are as stated in subsection 4-1-6B of this chapter. The board chairman may not exercise such extraordinary power and authority except after signing under oath a statement finding that such standards have been met, setting forth facts to substantiate such findings, describing the nature of the emergency and declaring that a state of emergency exists. This statement shall be filed with the county clerk as soon as practical. A state of emergency shall expire not later than the adjournment of the first regular meeting of the county board or seven (7) days, whichever occurs first, after the state of emergency is declared. A subsequent state of emergency may be declared if necessary. (Ord., 1-10-1995; amd. 2004 Code)
   B.   Local Disasters:
      1.   A local disaster may be declared only by the county board chairman or his interim emergency successor, as provided in section 7 of the "Emergency Interim Executive Succession Act 2 ". It shall not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of seven (7) days except by or with the consent of the county board. Any order or proclamation declaring, continuing, or terminating a local disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the county clerk. (Ord., 1-10-1995)
      2.   The effect of a declaration of a local disaster is to activate the emergency operations plan of the county and to authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance thereunder. (Ord., 1-10-1995; amd. 2004 Code)
      3.   The coordinator of the county emergency services and disaster agency is hereby authorized to provide emergency management services in response to potential or actual emergency situations prior to the issuance of a disaster declaration. (Ord., 1-10-1995)



1. See also subsection 4-1-6B of this chapter.
2. 5 ILCS 275/7.