(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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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”.