(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”.