This Agreement made and entered into the date set forth next to the signature of the respective parties, by and between the units of local government subscribed hereto (hereafter “Participating Unit(s)”) that have approved this Agreement and adopted same in manner as provided by law and are hereafter listed at the end of this Agreement.
WHEREAS, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, 1970, Article VII, Section 10, authorizes units of local government to contract or otherwise associate among themselves in any manner not prohibited by law or ordinance; and,
WHEREAS, the “Intergovernmental Cooperation Act”, 5 ILCS 220/1 et seq., provides that any power or powers, privileges or authority exercised or which may be exercised by a unit of local government may be exercised and enjoyed jointly with any other unit of local government; and,
WHEREAS, Section 5 of the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, 5 ILCS 220/5, provides that any one or more public agencies may contract with any one or more public agencies to perform any governmental service, activity or undertaking which any of the public agencies entering into the contract is authorized by law to perform, provided that such contract shall be authorized by the governing body of each party to the contract; and,
WHEREAS, Section 13 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305/13(a), provides authorization for mutual aid agreements between political subdivisions for reciprocal disaster response and recovery assistance; and,
WHEREAS, the parties hereto have determined that it is in their best interests to enter into this Agreement to secure to each the benefits of mutual aid in emergency management and the protection of life and property from an emergency or disaster and also during non-emergency situations deemed to require mutual aid by the parties; and,
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the foregoing recitals, and the covenants contained herein, THEPARTIESHERETOAGREEASFOLLOWS:
SECTIONONE – PURPOSE
It is recognized and acknowledged that in certain situations, such as, but not limited to, emergencies, natural disasters, special events and man-made catastrophes, the use of an individual Participating Unit’s personnel and resources to perform functions outside the territorial limits of the Participating Unit is desirable and necessary to preserve and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. It is further expressly acknowledged that in certain situations, such as the aforementioned, the use of other Participating Unit’s personnel and resources to perform functions within the territorial limits of a Participating Unit is desirable and necessary to preserve and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. Further, it is acknowledged that coordination of mutual aid through this agreement is desirable for the effective and efficient provision of mutual aid.
SECTIONTWO – DEFINITIONS
For the purpose of this Agreement, the following terms as used in this agreement shall be defined as follows:
A. “Participating Unit”. A unit of local government located within Illinois Emergency Management Agency Region 11 being a county having an emergency management agency/emergency services and disaster agency or a municipality having an emergency management agency/emergency services and disaster agency which is accredited by the State ofIllinois.
B. “Requesting Unit”. A Participating Unit which requests aid pursuant to this mutual aid agreement.
C. “Aiding Unit”. A Participating Unit furnishing personnel, resources and/or services to a Requesting Unit.
D. “Emergency/Disaster”. An occurrence or condition in a Participating Unit’s territorial jurisdiction which results in a situation of such magnitude and/or consequence that it cannot be adequately handled by the Participating Unit and such that a Participating Unit and such that a Participating Unit determines the necessity and advisability of requesting aid.
E. “Special Event”. A routine or non-routine event that places a strain on a Participating Unit’s resources that may involve a large number of people and that such event requires additional planning, preparation and mitigation for public safety.
A. The Participating Units hereby authorize and direct their respective Emergency Manager/Coordinator or his designee to take necessary and proper action to render and/or request mutual aid from the other Participating Units. The aid rendered shall be to the extent of available personnel and resources not required for adequate protection of the territorial limits of the Aiding Unit. The judgment of the Emergency Manager/Coordinator, or his designee, of the Aiding Unit shall be final as to the personnel and resources available to render aid.
B. Whenever an emergency/disaster, special event or other situation occurs and conditions are such that the Emergency Manager/Coordinator, or his designee, of the Requesting Unit determines it advisable to request aid pursuant to this Agreement he or she shall notify the Aiding Unit(s) of the nature and location of the emergency/disaster and the type and amount of equipment and personnel and/or services requested from the Aiding Unit(s).
C. The Emergency Manager/Coordinator, or his designee, of the Aiding Unit shall take the following action immediately upon being requested for aid:
Coordinate with the Requesting Unit on the response by the Aiding Unit and determine what resources, personnel and/or services are needed;
Determine if the requested resources, personnel, and/or services can be committed in response to the request from the Requesting Unit;
Dispatch immediately the requested resources, personnel and/or services, to the extent available, to the location of the emergency, special event or situation by the Requesting Unit;
Notify the Requesting Unit if any or all of the requested resources, personnel and/or services cannot be provided.
In the event that a special event is planned, an Aiding Unit may request such resources and personnel from other Participating Units as far in advance as the Aiding Unit can for proper planning and preparation.
Notify the Illinois Emergency Management Agency of the response by the Aiding Unit.
SECTIONFOUR – NATIONALINCIDENTMANAGEMENTSYSTEM
The National Incident Management System shall be the standard under which this Agreement shall function. The purpose of the incident management system shall be to provide structure and coordination to the management of emergency incident operations in order to provide for the safety and health of emergency service organization personnel and other persons involved in those activities. Personnel dispatched to aid a party pursuant to this Agreement shall remain employees of the Aiding Unit. Personnel rending aid shall report for direction and assignment at the scene of the emergency to the Incident Commander or as otherwise directed by the Aiding Unit. The party rendering aid shall at all times have the right to withdraw any and all aid upon the order of its Emergency Manager/Coordinator or his designee; provided, however, that the party withdrawing such aid shall notify the Requesting Unit of the withdrawal of such aid and the extent of such withdrawal.
All resources and personnel utilized under this mutual aid agreement shall operate under and conform to the Incident Command System (ICS)/Unified Command System (UCS) protocols and procedures.
SECTIONFIVE – COMPENSATIONFORAID
Resources, personnel, and/or services provided pursuant to this Agreement shall be at no charge to the party requesting aid; however, any expenses recoverable from third parties shall be equitably distributed among responding parties. Nothing herein shall operate to bar any recovery of funds from any state or federal agency under any existing statutes.
SECTIONSIX – INSURANCE
Each party hereto shall procure and maintain, at its sole and exclusive expense, insurance coverage, including: personal injury, property damage. No party hereto shall have any obligation to provide or extend insurance coverage for any of the items enumerated herein to any other party hereto or its personnel. Upon proper notification of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the State of Illinois may provide workman compensation coverage to those personnel of the Aiding Unit.
SECTIONSEVEN – INDEMNIFICATION
Each party hereto agrees to waive all claims against all other parties hereto for any loss, damage, personal injury or death occurring in consequence of the performance of this Mutual Aid Agreement; provided, however, that such claim is not a result of gross negligence or willful misconduct by a party hereto or its personnel.
Each party requesting or providing aid pursuant to this Agreement hereby expressly agrees to hold harmless, indemnify and defend the party rendering aid and its personnel from any and all claims, demands, liability, losses, suits in law or in equity which are made by a third party. This indemnity shall include attorney fees and costs that may arise from providing aid pursuant to this Agreement. Provided, however, that all employee benefits, wage and disability payments, pensions, worker’s compensation claims, damage to or destruction of equipment and clothing, and medical expenses of the party rendering aid shall be the sole and exclusive responsibility of the respective party for its employees, provided, however, that such claims made by a third party are not the result of gross negligence or willful misconduct on the part of the party rendering aid.
The obligations and duties set forth in this Section shall survive the end or termination of this Mutual Aid Agreement.
SECTIONEIGHT – NON-LIABILITYFORFAILURETORENDERAID
The rendering of assistance under the terms of this Agreement shall not be mandatory if local conditions of the Aiding Unit prohibit response. It is the responsibility of the Aiding Unit to immediately notify the Requesting Unit of the Aiding Unit’s inability to respond; however, failure to immediately notify the affected/stricken unit of such inability to respond shall not constitute evidence of noncompliance with the terms of this Section and no liability may be assigned.
No liability of any kind or nature shall be attributed to or be assumed, whether expressly or implied, by a party hereto, its duly authorized agents and personnel, for failure or refusal to render aid. Nor shall there by any liability of a party for withdrawal of aid once provided pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
SECTIONNINE – TERM
This Agreement shall be in effect for a term of one year from the date of the approval hereof and shall automatically renew for successive one year terms unless terminated in accordance with this Section.
Any party hereto may terminate its participation in this Agreement at any time, provided that the party wishing to terminate its participation in this Agreement shall give written notice to all Participating Units specifying the date of termination, such notice to be given at least ninety (90) calendar days prior to the specified date of termination of participation. The written notice provided herein shall be given by personal delivery, registered mail or certified mail.
SECTIONTEN – EFFECTIVENESS
This Agreement shall be in full force and effective upon approval by the parties hereto in the manner provided by law and upon proper execution hereof.
SECTIONELEVEN – BINDINGEFFECT
This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of any successor of entity which may assume the obligations of any party hereto. Provided, however, that this Agreement may not be assigned by a Participating Unit without prior written consent of the parties hereto.
SECTIONTWELVE – VALIDITY
The invalidity of any provision of this Agreement shall not render invalid any other provision. If, for any reason, any provision of this Agreement is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid or unenforceable, that provision shall be deemed severable and this Agreement may be enforced with that provision severed or modified by court order.
SECTIONTHIRTEEN – NOTICES
All notices hereunder shall be in writing and shall be served personally, by registered mail or certified mail to the parties at the address on file and as listed by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
SECTIONFOURTEEN – GOVERNINGLAW
This Agreement shall be governed, interpreted and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois.
SECTIONFIFTEEN – EXECUTIONINCOUNTERPARTS
This Agreement may be executed in multiple counterparts or duplicate originals, each of which shall constitute and be deemed as one and the same document.
SECTIONSIXTEEN – AMENDMENTS
This Agreement may only be amended by written consent of all the parties hereto. The undersigned unit of local government or public agency hereby has adopted, and subscribes to, and approves this mutual aid agreement, and agrees to be a party thereto and be bound by the terms thereof.
The undersigned certify that this mutual aid agreement has been adopted and approved by ordinance, resolution, or other manner approved by law, a copy of which document is attached hereto.
The dispatch of the Union County Rescue Squad will be done by the Union County Sheriff’s Office in Jonesboro, Illinois. ONLY!
After the need for any type of primary Rescue Service is determined, authorized personnel on the scene will contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office and request assistance from the Union County Rescue Squad; established and maintained by the Union County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency.
Authorized personnel shall consist of any police, ambulance, and fire personnel currently on the scene.
After the Union County Rescue Squad is en route, they are to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office, who in turn will retone the Rescue Call. This will inform all Rescue personnel that the equipment van is on the way to the accident scene, or area of disaster that is requesting assistance. All other Union County Rescue Squad members will report to the scene.
Only designated personnel appointed by the Union County ESDA Coordinator will be able to request additional Rescue services for Mutual Aid from any other agency. These appointees will be responsible for this decision, and will be responsible for reporting all findings to the Union County ESDA Coordinator in person.
(A) The primary function of ESDA Rescue Services is to provide any, and all types of specialized needs in time of natural and/or man made disasters.
(B) ESDA Rescue Squad is maintained and controlled by the Union County Coordinator of the local ESDA or any other personnel appointed to a position of responsibility within this County agency by said ESDA Coordinator.
(C) This squad is responsible for providing safe and prompt primary Rescue services to all Union County citizens, or visitors, throughout any incorporated or unincorporated areas of Union County,Illinois.
(D) Union County Rescue Services shall be responsible for initial response within Union County boundaries and provide primary Rescue services in all instances.
(E) Any deviation from this procedure rests with the Coordinator of the Union County ESDA or properly appointed personnel.
(F) Requests for Mutual Aid assistance is summarized in Article II.
The County of Union, a body politic, may participate in a Mutual Aid Agreement which is attached to this Resolution hereto and incorporated herein and identified as “Exhibit A” pursuant to state statutes. (#12–12–07)
(A) Any person owning or controlling real estate or other premises who voluntarily and without compensation grants a license or privilege, or otherwise permits the designation or use of the whole or any part or parts of such real estate or premises for the purpose of sheltering persons during an actual or impending disaster, or a disaster training exercise together with his successors in interest, if any, shall not be civilly liable for negligently causing the death of, or injury to, any person on or about such real estate or premises under such license, privilege or other permission, or for negligently causing loss of, or damage to, the property of such person.
(B) Any private person, firm or corporation and employees and agents of such person, firm or corporation in the performance of a contract with, and under the direction of the County under the provisions of the Act shall not be civilly liable for causing the death of, or injury to, any person or damage to any property except in the event of willful misconduct.
(C) Any private person, firm or corporation, and any employee or agent of such person, firm or corporation, who renders assistance or advice at the request of the County under the Act during an actual or impending disaster, shall not be civilly liable for causing the death of, or injury to, any person or damage to any property except in the event of willful misconduct.
Every person appointed to serve in any capacity in theCountyEMA organization shall, before entering upon his duties, subscribe to the following oath, which shall be filed with the EMA Coordinator:
“I,_________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend and bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the territory, institutions and facilities thereof, both public and private, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter. And I do further swear (or affirm) that I do not advocate, nor am I, nor have I been a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence; and that during such time I am affiliated with the (name of political subdivision), I will not advocate nor become a member of any political party or organization that advocates the over throw of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence.”
The EMA acting through its Principal Executive officer may utilize the services, equipment, supplies and facilities of existing departments, offices and agencies within its jurisdiction, to maximum extent practicable, and the officers and personnel of all such departments, offices and agencies are directed, upon request, to cooperate with and extend such services and facilities as needed.
(A) TheCountyBoard shall have the authority to promulgate orders, rules and regulations upon the advise of the EMA Coordinator for the purpose of emergency management and in times of disaster.
(B) The EMA shall execute and enforce such orders, rules and regulations as may be made by the Governor under the authority of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act (P.A. 87‑168). The EMA shall have available for inspection at its office all orders, rules and regulations made by the Governor, or under the Governor’s authority and which have been provided by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
(A) Whenever the federal government or any agency or officer thereof or whenever any person, firm or corporation shall offer to the County, services, equipment, supplies, materials, or funds by way of gift or grant, for purposes of emergency managements, the County, acting through the Principal Executive Officer, may accept such offer and upon such acceptance, may authorize an officer of the County to receive such services, equipment, supplies, materials or funds on behalf of the County.
(B) The County, acting through the Principal Executive Officer, shall have the authority to establish a special fund if needed to accept such gifts, grants or loans. The establishment of such a special fund shall be in accordance with all County ordinances relating to this subject matter and the laws of the State ofIllinois. All services, gifts, grants or loans accepted pursuant to the Section shall be subject to County auditing procedures.
(A) Neither the State, any political subdivision of the State, nor, except in cases of negligence or willful misconduct, the Governor, the Director, the Principal Executive Officer of a political subdivision, or the agents, employees, or representatives of any of them, engaged in any emergency management response or recovery activities of any of them, while complying with or attempting to comply with the Act or any rule or regulations promulgated pursuant to the Act is liable for the death of or any injury to persons, or damage to property, as a result of such activity. This Section does not, however, apply to political subdivisions and principal executive officers required to maintain emergency management agencies that are not in compliance with Section 10 of the Act, notwithstanding provisions of any other laws. This Section does not, however, affect the right of any person to receive benefits to which he would otherwise be entitled under this Act under the Workers’ Compensation Act or the Workers’ Occupational Diseased Act, or under any pension law, and this Section does not affect the right of any such person to receive any benefits or compensation under any Act of Congress.
(A) The EMA Coordinator may, in collaboration with other public agencies within his immediate vicinity, develop or cause to be developed mutual aid arrangements with other political subdivisions within this State for reciprocal disaster response and recovery assistance in case a disaster is too great to be dealt with unassisted. Such mutual aid shall not, however, be effective unless and until approved by each of such political subdivisions. Such arrangements shall be consistent with the State Emergency Operations Plan and State emergency management program, and in the event of such a disaster as described in Section 4 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, it shall be the duty of the EMA to render assistance in accordance with the provisions of such mutual aid arrangements.
(B) The EMA Coordinator may, subject to the approval of the Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, assist in the negotiation of mutual aid agreements between this and other states.
(A) The EMA shall be allowed to test disaster warning devices including outdoor warning sirens on the first (1st) Tuesday of each month at 10 o’clock in the morning.
(B) The EMA may also test disaster warning devices including outdoor warning sirens during disaster training exercises that are specifically and expressly approved in advance by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
(A) A local disaster may be declared only by the Principal Executive Officer of the County, or his interim emergency successor, as provided in Section 7 of the Emergency Interim Executive Succession Act (5 ILCS 275/1 et seq.). It shall not be continued or renewed for a period in excess of seven (7) days except by or with the consent of the governing board of the County. Any order or proclamation declaring, continuing, or terminating a local disaster shall be given prompt and general publicity and shall be filed promptly with the County Clerk.
(B) The effect of a declaration of a local disaster is to activate the emergency operations plan of the County and to authorize the furnishing of aid and assistance thereunder.
(A)EMA members who are paid employees or officers of the County, if called for training by the State Director, shall receive for the time spent in such training the same rate of pay as is attached to the position held; member who are not such County employees or officers shall receive for such training such compensation as may be established by the County Board.
(B) The State Treasurer may receive and allocate to the appropriate fund, any reimbursement by the State to the County for expenses incident to training members of the EMA prescribed by the State Director, compensation for services and expenses of members of a Mobile Support Team while serving outside the County in a response to a call by the Governor or State Director, as provided by law, and any other reimbursement made by the State incident to EMA activities as provided by law.
(A) The EMA shall have a Coordinator who shall be appointed by the Principal Executive Officer of the County in the same manner as are the heads of regular governmental departments.
(B) The EMA Coordinator shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration, training and operation of the EMA, subject to the direction and control of that Principal Executive Officer.
(C) The EMA shall have an office and the County is authorized to designate space in a County building, or elsewhere, as may be provided for the EMA.
(A) Each county shall maintain an EMA which has jurisdiction over and serves the entire county, except as otherwise provided in this Act.
(B) The County EMA shall not have jurisdiction within a political subdivision that has its own emergency management agency, but shall cooperate with the emergency management of a city, village or incorporated town within their borders.
(C) The County EMA shall work with the liaison appointed by each municipality within its jurisdiction which is not required to and does not have an emergency management agency in order to facilitate the cooperation and protection of that municipality with the County EMA in which it is located in the work of disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
(D) The Principal Executive Officer of the County shall notify the Illinois Emergency Management Agency of the manner in which the political subdivision is providing or securing emergency management, identify the executive head of the EMA and furnish additional information relating thereto as the Illinois Emergency Management Agency requires.
(E) The EMA shall prepare and keep current as emergency operations plan for its geographic boundaries. It shall be submitted to the IEMA for review and approval, in accordance with P.A. 87‑168.
(F) The EMA shall prepare and distribute to all appropriate officials in written form a clear and complete statement of the emergency responsibilities of all local departments and officials and of the disaster chain of command.
(G) The EMA shall coordinate emergency management functions within the territorial limits of the subdivision within which it is organized as are prescribed in and by the State Emergency Operations Plan, and programs, orders, rules and regulations as may be promulgated by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and in addition, shall conduct such functions outside of those territorial limits as may be required pursuant to such mutual aid agreements and compacts as are entered into under subparagraph (5) of paragraph (C) of Section 6 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act. (P.A. 87‑168, eff. January 1, 1992).
(H) The County upon advise from the EMA may enter into contracts and incur obligations necessary to place it in a position effectively to combat such disasters in order to protect the health and safety of persons and to protect property, and to provide emergency assistance to victims of those disasters. If such a disaster occurs, the County may exercise the powers vested under this Section in the light of the exigencies of the disaster and, excepting mandatory constitutional requirements, without regard to the procedures and formalities normally prescribed by contracts, the incurring of obligations, the employment of temporary workers, the rental of equipment, the purchase of supplies and materials, and the appropriation, expenditure and disposition of public funds and property.
(I) The EMA personnel who, while engaged in a disaster or disaster training exercise, suffer disease, injury or death, shall, for the purpose of benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act or Workers’ Occupational Diseased Act only, be deemed to be employees of the State, if:
the claimant is duly qualified and enrolled (sworn in) as a volunteer for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency or an emergency management agency accredited by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and;
if the claimant was participating in an actual disaster as defined in paragraph (E) of Section 4 of the Act or the exercise participated in was specifically and expressly approved by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.
Illinois Emergency Management Agency shall use the same criteria for approving an exercise and utilizing State volunteers as required for any political subdivision. The computation of benefits payable under either of those Acts shall be based on the income commensurate with comparable State employees doing the same type work or income from the person’s regular employment, whichever is greater.
(J) Prior to conducting a disaster training exercise, the Principal Executive Officer of the County or his designee shall provide area media with written notification of the disaster training exercise. Such notification shall indicate that information relating to the disaster training exercise shall not be released to the public until commencement of the exercise. The notification shall also contain a request that the notice be so posted to ensure that all relevant media personnel are advised of the disaster training exercise, all messages, two‑way radio communications, briefings, status reports, news released, and other oral or written communications shall begin and end with the following statement; “This is an exercise message”.
“Emergency Management”means the efforts of the State and the political subdivisions to develop, plan, analyze, conduct, implement and maintain programs for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
“Emergency Management Agency”means the agency established by ordinance within a political subdivision to coordinate the emergency management program within the political subdivision and with private organizations, other political subdivisions, the State and federal governments.
“Emergency Operations Plan”means the written plan of the State and political subdivisions describing the organization, mission, and functions of the government and supporting services for responding to and recovering from disasters.
“Emergency Services”means the coordination of such functions by the State and its political subdivision, other than functions for which military forces are primarily responsible, as may be necessary for proper to prevent, minimize, repair and alleviate injury and damage resulting from any natural or technological causes. These functions include, without limitation, fire fighting services, police services, medical and health services, rescue, engineering, warning services, communications, radiological, chemical and other special weapons defense, evacuation of persons from stricken or threatened areas, emergency assigned functions of plant protection, temporary restoration of public utility services and other functions related to civilian protection, together with all other activities necessary or incidental to protecting life or property.
“Disaster”means an occurrence or threat of widespread or severe damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or technological cause, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, hazardous materials spill or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage, epidemic, air contamination, blight, extended periods of severe and inclement weather, drought, infestation, critical shortages of essential fuels and energy, explosion, riot, or hostile military or paramilitary action.
“Mobile Support Team”means the utilization of personnel to be dispatched by the Governor, or, if he so authorized the Director, by the Director, to supplement local political subdivisions for emergency management programs in response to a disaster.
“Coordinator”means the staff assistant to the principal executive officer of a political subdivision with the duty of coordinating the emergency management programs of that political subdivision.
“Political Subdivision” means any county, city, village, incorporated town or township is in a county having a population of more than two million (2,000,000).
“Principal Executive Officer”means chairman of the county board, supervisor of a township if the township is in a county having a population of more than two million (2,000,000), mayor of a city or incorporated town, president of a village, or in their absence or disability, the interim successor as established pursuant to Section 7 of the Emergency Interim Executive Succession Act.
“Disaster Training Exercise”means a planned event designed specifically to simulate an actual disaster which will provide emergency operations training for emergency response personnel. Actual response by EMA volunteers to local emergency situations not qualifying as disasters, as defined in this Section, is considered a disaster training exercise. Provided, however, that performance of the usual and customary emergency functions of a political subdivision (e.g., police, fire or emergency medical services) is not included within this definition of a disaster training exercise.
“Illinois Emergency Management Agency” OR “IEMA”means the agency established by this Act within the executive branch of State Government responsible for coordination of the overall emergency management program of the State and with private organizations, political subdivisions and the federal government.
“Municipality”means any city, village or incorporated town.
(A) Nothing in this Code shall be construed to interfere with the course or conduct of a labor dispute, except that actions otherwise authorized by this Code or other laws may be taken when necessary to mitigate imminent or existing danger to public health or safety.
(B) Interfere with dissemination of news or comment of public affairs; but any communications facility or organization (including but not limited to radio and television stations, wire services, and newspapers) may be requested to transmit or print public service messages furnishing information or instructions in connection with a disaster.
(C) Affect the jurisdiction or responsibilities of police forces, fire fighting forces, units of the armed forces of the United States, or of any personnel thereof, when on active duty; but State and political subdivision emergency operations plans shall place reliance upon the forces available for performance of functions related to emergency management.
(D) Limit, modify, or abridge the authority of the Governor to proclaim martial law or exercise any other powers vested in him under the constitution, statutes, or common law of this State, independent of or in conjunction with any provisions of this Act; limit any home rule unit; or prohibit any contract or association pursuant to Article VII, Section 10 of the Illinois Constitution.
(A) There is hereby created within the County governmental organization an entity to be known as the Emergency Management Agency, hereinafter referred to as the EMA. This entity shall be responsible for the coordination of all emergency management programs within its jurisdiction and with private organizations, other political subdivisions, the State and federal government in accordance with the provisions of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act (See 20 ILCS 3305/1 et seq.), hereinafter “the Act”.
(B) The purpose of the EMA shall be the coordination of emergency services functions which may be necessary for or proper to prevent, minimize, repair and alleviate injury and damage resulting from any natural or technological causes.
(C) The EMA shall consist of the Coordinator and such additional members as may be selected by the Coordinator and approved by theCountyBoard.
(D) All emergency services functions of the EMA shall at all times be in accordance with the provisions of the Act and all rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.