Chapter 1.49
CIVIL DEFENSE

Sections:

1.49.010    Purposes.

1.49.020    Definitions.

1.49.030    Civil defense council – Membership.

1.49.040    Civil defense council – Powers and duties.

1.49.050    Director of civil defense – Powers and duties.

1.49.060    Disasters – Powers and duties of director.

1.49.070    Civil defense organization.

1.49.080    Divisions, services and staff of civil defense organization.

1.49.090    Punishment of violations.

1.49.100    Severability.

1.49.010 Purposes.

The declared purposes of this chapter are to provide for preparation and carrying out of plans, including mock or practice drills, for the civil defense of persons and property within this city in the event of a disaster, and to provide for the coordination of the civil defense and private persons, corporations and organizations. Any expenditures made in connection with such civil defense and disaster activities, and mock or practice drills, shall be deemed conclusively to be for the direct protection and benefit of the inhabitants and property of the city of Hoquiam. (Ord. 2105 § 1, 1959).

1.49.020 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(1) “Civil defense” shall mean the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions other than functions for which military forces are primarily responsible, to prevent, minimize, and repair injury and damage resulting from disasters. It shall not include, nor does any provision of this chapter apply to, any condition relating to a labor controversy.

(2) “Disaster” shall mean actual or threatened enemy attack, sabotage, extraordinary fire, flood, storm, epidemic, riot, earthquake or other similar public calamity. (Ord. 2105 § 2, 1959).

1.49.030 Civil defense council – Membership.

The Hoquiam civil defense council is hereby created and shall consist of the following:

(1) The mayor, who shall be chairman.

(2) The director of civil defense, who shall be vice-chairman.

(3) Such city officials and other citizens of this city as may be appointed by the mayor with the advice of the city council. (Ord. 2105 § 3, 1959).

1.49.040 Civil defense council – Powers and duties.

It shall be the duty of the Hoquiam civil defense council, and it is hereby empowered to review and recommend for adoption, civil defense and mutual aid plans and agreements and such resolutions, rules and regulations as are necessary to implement such plans and agreements and such resolutions. The civil defense council shall meet upon call of the chairman or in his absence or inability to call such a meeting, upon the call of the vice-chairman. (Ord. 2105 § 4, 1959).

1.49.050 Director of civil defense – Powers and duties.

There is hereby created the office of director of civil defense. Such officer shall be appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the civil defense council.

The director is hereby empowered and directed:

(1) To prepare a civil defense operating plan for the city conforming to the county and state civil defense plan and program.

(2) To control and direct the effort of the civil defense organization of this city for the accomplishment of the purpose of this chapter.

(3) To direct coordination and cooperation between divisions, services and staff of the civil defense organizations of this city and to resolve questions of authority and responsibility that may arise between them.

(4) To represent the civil defense organization of this city in all dealings with public or private agencies pertaining to civil defense and disaster. (Ord. 2105 § 5, 1959).

1.49.060 Disasters – Powers and duties of director.

In the event of disaster as herein provided, the director is hereby empowered:

(1) To make and issue rules and regulations on matters reasonably related to the protection of life and property as affected by such disasters; provided, however, such rules and regulations must be confirmed at the earliest practicable moment by the civil defense council.

(2) To obtain vital supplies, equipment and such other properties found lacking and needed for the protection of life and property of the people, and bind the city for the fair value thereof, and if required immediately, to commandeer the same for public use.

(3) To require emergency services of any city officer or employee, and in the event of proclamation by the Governor of the existence of a disaster, to command the aid of as many citizens of this community as he considers necessary in the execution of his duties; such persons shall be entitled to all privileges, benefits and immunities as are provided by state law for registered civil defense workers.

(4) To execute all of the special powers conferred upon him by this chapter or by resolution adopted pursuant thereto, all powers conferred upon him by statute, agreement approved by the civil defense council, or by any other lawful authority.

(5) To requisition necessary personnel or material of any city department or agency. (Ord. 2105 § 6, 1959).

1.49.070 Civil defense organization.

All officers and employees of this city, together with those volunteer forces enrolled to aid them during a disaster, and all groups, organizations and persons who may by agreement or operation of law, including persons pressed into service under provisions of Section 1.49.060(3) of this chapter, charged with duties incident to the protection of life and property of this city during disaster, shall constitute the civil defense organization of the city of Hoquiam. (Ord. 2105 § 7, 1959).

1.49.080 Divisions, services and staff of civil defense organization.

The functions and duties of the Hoquiam civil defense organization shall be distributed among such divisions, services and special staff as the civil defense council shall prescribe. (Ord. 2105 § 8, 1959).

1.49.090 Punishment of violations.

It shall be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not to exceed five hundred dollars, or by imprisonment for not to exceed six months, or both, for any person during a disaster:

(1) To wilfully obstruct, hinder or delay any member of the civil defense organization in the enforcement of any lawful rule or regulation issued pursuant to this chapter, or in the performance of any duty imposed upon him by virtue of this chapter;

(2) To do any act forbidden by any lawful rules or regulations issued pursuant to this chapter, if such act is of such a nature as to give, or be likely to give assistance to the enemy, or to imperil the lives or property of inhabitants of this city, or to prevent, hinder or delay the defense or protection thereof;

(3) To wear, carry or display, without authority, any means of identification specified by the State Department of Civil Defense. (Ord. 2317 § 1, 1965; Ord. 2105 § 9, 1959).

1.49.100 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of this chapter as a whole, or any part thereof not so declared to be invalid or unconstitutional. (Ord. 2105 § 10, 1959).