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For the purposes of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ADVISORY COUNCIL. The Knox County Emergency Management Advisory Council as established under § 35.20 of this chapter.
COMMISSIONERS. Those elected public officials who serve on the Board of Commissioners of the County of Knox.
COUNTY. The County of Knox, State of Indiana.
DIRECTOR. The County Director of Emergency Management as established and appointed pursuant to § 35.22 of this chapter.
EMERGENCY. A condition resulting from enemy attack, or other hostile action, or from natural, manmade, or technological disasters, which cannot be handled by normal operating personnel or facilities.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. The preparation for and the execution of all emergency functions, other than functions for which the military forces are primarily responsible, for protection against and to minimize and repair injury and damage resulting from enemy attack, sabotage, or other hostile action or by natural and manmade disasters.
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT VOLUNTEER. Any person who serves without compensation in the Department of Emergency Management including persons and private agencies or governmental units offering services to the county during emergency situations or mutual aid to other emergency agencies who request assistance.
MANMADE DISASTER. Any manmade condition such as riots, strikes, insurrections, or other civil disturbances.
NATURAL DISASTER. Any condition affecting or threatening public health, welfare, or security as a result of flood, drought, tornado, snow, or other natural cause.
PARTICIPATING EMERGENCY SERVICE.
(1) Any county department or agency designated by the Board of Commissioners of the County of Knox to participate in emergency activities pursuant to § 35.21(A)(4); and
(2) Any department or agency of the state, another county, a municipality or other municipal corporation, or a volunteer organization designated to participate in the county’s emergency management programs and activities pursuant to a cooperative or mutual aid agreement entered into pursuant to I.C. 10-14-3-16 and § 35.23(A)(5) of this chapter.
PERSONNEL. County officers and employees and emergency management volunteers, unless otherwise indicated.
PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE COUNTY. As referred to in I.C. 10-14-3 for purposes of declaring a local disaster emergency, and as referred to hereinafter, shall mean the presiding officer of the Board of Commissioners of the County of Knox. The presiding officer shall be the regularly designated President of the Board; provided, however, if he or she is absent or incapacitated, and the Board has a regularly designated President Pro Tempore, then the President Pro Tempore shall be the PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER. If the President is absent or incapacitated and there is no designated President Pro Tempore, then the remaining two Commissioners shall select among themselves one to be presiding officer in the same manner as when an ordinary business meeting needs to be conducted in the absence of the President. If both the President and another Commissioner are absent or incapacitated, then the remaining Commissioner shall be the presiding officer. If all of the Commissioners are absent or incapacitated, then the County Administrator shall be the PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE COUNTY.
TECHNOLOGICAL DISASTER. Incidents such as severe fire, explosions, hazardous material spills, radiological exposure, and other technological problems which are beyond the control of regular forces.
(Ord. 2014-5, passed 4-21-2014)