(A)   The County Administrator in coordination with the Chair of the County Board shall have the general direction and control of the Emergency Management Agency, and shall be responsible for the carrying out of the provisions of this chapter.
   (B)   In performing the duties under this chapter, the Chair is authorized to cooperate with state and federal governments and with other municipalities and political subdivisions in all matters pertaining to emergency management operations defined in this chapter.
   (C)   In performing the duties under this chapter, the Chair is further authorized:
      (1)   To make, amend, and rescind all lawful necessary orders, rules, and regulations of the local disaster plan to carry out the provisions of this chapter within the limits of the authority conferred upon him or her;
      (2)   To cause to be prepared a comprehensive plan and program for the emergency management of this county, which plan and program shall be integrated into and coordinated with disaster plans of the state and federal governments and of other political subdivisions, and which plan and program may include:
         (a)   Prevention and minimization of injury and damage caused by disaster;
         (b)   Prompt and effective response to disaster;
         (c)   Emergency relief;
         (d)   Identification of areas particularly vulnerable to disasters;
         (e)   Recommendations for zoning, building, and other land-use controls, safety measures for securing permanent structures, and other preventative preparedness measures designed to eliminate or reduce disasters or their impact;
         (f)   Assistance to local officials in designing local emergency operations plans;
         (g)   Authorization and procedures for the erection or other construction of temporary works designed to protect against or mitigate danger, damage or loss from flood, conflagration, or other disaster;
         (h)   Organization of county manpower and chains of command;
         (i)   Coordination of local emergency management activities; and
         (j)   Other necessary matters.
      (3)   In accordance with the plan and program for the emergency management of this county, and out of funds appropriated for those purposes, to procure and preposition supplies, medicines, materials, and equipment, to institute training programs and public information programs, and to take all other preparatory steps, including the partial or full mobilization of emergency management organizations in advance of actual disaster, to ensure the furnishing of adequately trained and equipped forces for disaster operations; and
      (4)   Out of funds appropriated for those purposes, to make any studies and surveys of the industries, resources, and facilities in this county as may be necessary to ascertain the capabilities of the county for the emergency management phases of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery, and to plan for the most efficient emergency use thereof.
   (D)   The Chair is authorized to designate space in a county building or elsewhere for the Emergency Management Agency as its office.
(1977 Code, § 3:5-1) (Res./Ord. passed 4-10-2007)