Chapter 2.75


2.75.010    Definitions.

2.75.020    Emergency operations plan.

2.75.030    Emergency Operations Board.

2.75.040    Emergency Management Committee.

2.75.050    Disaster Coordinator.

2.75.010 Definitions.

The following definitions are hereby adopted for the purpose of this chapter and its administration:

A. “Disaster” means any emergency situation proclaimed to be a disaster, and more particularly described as an event or set of circumstances which demands immediate action to protect public health, protect life, protect public property, or to provide relief from such occurrences, or which causes the Governor or City Manager to declare an emergency.

B. “Disaster coordination” means the preparation for and carrying out of all emergency functions to prevent, minimize, and repair damage resulting from a disaster.

C. Emergency Management Organization. The Emergency Management Organization shall be compatible with existing city organization and shall provide clear lines of authority and channels of communication. It will provide for the incorporation of existing staff having emergency response capabilities and those having support.

D. “Emergency Services Coordinating Agency (ESCA)” is a local government agency created pursuant to Chapter 38.52 RCW that provides local disaster management functions for the Mountlake Terrace area, including coordination between Mountlake Terrace and other agencies and organizations for disaster preparedness and disaster response. (Ord. 2201 § 1, 1998).

2.75.020 Emergency operations plan.

The emergency operations plan shall govern disaster preparedness and disaster response in the City of Mountlake Terrace.

The emergency operations plan and any amendments thereto shall be subject to the approval of the City Manager and shall immediately take effect upon written approval of the City Manager. (Ord. 2201 § 2, 1998).

2.75.030 Emergency Operations Board.

The Emergency Operations Board of the City of Mountlake Terrace is hereby created to provide policy direction for emergency preparedness and mitigation.

The Emergency Operations Board shall oversee the activities of, and provide direction to, the Emergency Management Committee during major emergencies and disasters. The Emergency Operations Board is responsible for the development and maintenance of the emergency operations plan.

The Emergency Operations Board consists of the City Manager, Disaster Coordinator and all department directors. The City Manager shall chair the Board and the City’s Disaster Coordinator shall serve as vice chair. (Ord. 2201 § 3, 1998).

2.75.040 Emergency Management Committee.

The Emergency Management Committee for the City of Mountlake Terrace is hereby created and shall provide staff support, direction and expertise in development of the plan and all supporting documents.

The Disaster Coordinator or designee and the ESCA director shall serve as co-chairs of the committee. The committee is comprised of key personnel designated by each city department director and members of the outside professional and volunteer organizations having key roles in emergency preparedness, planning and response activities. Members of the Emergency Management Committee will normally staff the Mountlake Terrace Operations Center as necessary during activation and coordinate the activities in their respective divisions or areas of responsibility during major emergencies and disasters.

The Emergency Management Committee consists of the representatives from all City departments and others as required by the emergency operations plan. (Ord. 2201 § 4, 1998).

2.75.050 Disaster Coordinator.

Powers and duties of the Disaster Coordinator in preparation for a disaster shall be subject to the direction and control of the City Manager and shall include the following:

A. Direct responsibility for disaster coordination, including, but not limited to, the organization, administration, and operation of the Emergency Management Committee, and the resolution of questions of authority and responsibility arising among the various members of such organization.

B. To draft, review, and recommend disaster preparedness and mutual aid plans and/or agreements, and such ordinances and resolutions as are necessary to implement such plans and agreements.

C. To organize and direct the training of the Emergency Management Committee, including practice drills. (Ord. 2201 § 6, 1998).