(A)   A state of emergency shall be deemed to exist during times of public crisis, disaster, rioting, catastrophe or similar public emergency, for any reason, public safety authorities are unable to maintain public order or afford adequate protection for lives, safety or property, or whenever the occurrence of any condition is imminent.
   (B)   In the event of an existing or threatened state of emergency endangering the lives, safety, health and welfare of the people within the town or any part thereof, or threatening damages to or destruction of property, the Mayor of the town is hereby authorized and empowered under G.S. § 14-288.12 and G.S. § 166A-8 to issue a public proclamation declaring to all persons the existence of a state of emergency, and, in order to more effectively protect the lives and property of people within the town, to place in effect any or all of the restrictions hereinafter authorized.
   (C)   The Mayor is hereby authorized and empowered to limit by the proclamation of the application of all or any part of the restrictions to any area specifically designated or described within the town and to specific hours of the day or night; and to exempt from all or any part of the restrictions, while acting in the line of and within the scope of their respective duties, law enforcement officers, firefighters and other public employees, rescue squad members, doctors, nurses, employees of hospitals and other medical facilities; on-duty military personnel, whether state or federal; on-duty employees of public utilities, public transportation companies and newspaper, magazine, radio broadcasting and television broadcasting corporations operated for profit; and other classes of persons as may be essential to the preservation of public order and immediately necessary to serve the safety, health and welfare needs of people within the town.
(2003 Code, § 5-1.1) (Adopted 2-2-1993)