(A)   Written declaration.  Whenever an emergency, as defined in § 37.01, exists, the Mayor shall declare its existence by means of a written declaration under oath, setting forth the facts which constitute the emergency.
   (B)   Effective period. The proclamation herein authorized shall be effective for a period of not more than seven days or until the adjournment of the first regular Council meeting, whichever occurs first, unless sooner terminated by a proclamation of the Mayor indicating that the emergency no longer exists. It shall not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of seven days except by or with the consent of the City Council. Any order or proclamation declaring, continuing or terminating a local disaster shall be given prompt and generally publicity and shall be filed with the City Clerk.
   (C)   Declaration.  The effect of the declaration of an emergency is to activate the city's emergency operation plan and to authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance thereunder.
   (D)   Notification.  Upon issuing the proclamation herein authorized, the Director of Public Safety/Emergency Planning Chief or his/her designee shall notify the news media situated with the city and shall cause three copies of the proclamation declaring the existence of the emergency to be posted at the following places within the city:
      (1)   The City Hall;
      (2)   The Post Office; and
      (3)   The Police Station.
(1999 Code, § 37.02)  (Ord. 3962, passed 10-3- 2016)