(A)    Because of the possibility of the occurrence of disasters of significant size and destructiveness resulting from fire, flood, earthquake, or other natural or man-made causes, and in order to ensure that this county will be prepared to and will adequately deal with any such disasters, preserve the lives and property of the people of this county and protect the public peace, health, and safety in the event of a disaster, it is found and declared to be necessary:
      (1)    To create a county Emergency Management Agency, as required by 20 ILCS 3305/10(b);
      (2)    To confer upon the Chair of the County Board the extraordinary power necessary to preserve the public health, peace, and safety during and after a disaster; and
      (3)    To provide for the rendering of mutual aid to other cities and political subdivisions with respect to the carrying out of emergency management operations.
   (B)    It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of the county that all emergency management programs of this county be coordinated to the maximum extent with the comparable functions of the federal and state governments, including their various departments and agencies, of other municipalities and localities, and private agencies of every type, to the end that the most effective preparation and use may be made of manpower, resources, and facilities for dealing with any disaster that may occur.
(1977 Code, § 3:5-1) (Res./Ord. passed 4-10-2007)