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The mission of the IMPD Homeland Security Emergency Mangement Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property and protect our city's critical infrastructure from all types of hazards from tornadoes to terrorists through a comprehensive program of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.  Teaching people how to get through a disaster ... coordinating the countywide response to a disaster ... making disaster assistance available to all government agencies, businesses, and individuals in Marion County ... training the emergency managers of public safety agencies ... the range of our activities is broad indeed.  

One way to look at what the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) does is to think about the life cycle of disasters.  The Disaster Life Cycle describes the process through which EMA prepares for emergencies and disasters, responds to them when they occur, help people and institutions recover from them, mitigates their effects, reduces the risk of loss, and prevents disasters form occurring.  At every stage of this cycle you see EMA--the agency charged with building and supporting   a countywide emergency management system.

Statutory Authority

Established in Indiana Code Title 10 and The Revised Code of the Consolidated City and County, Section 251-401

(E)    Division of Homeland Security

1.    Purpose.  Because of the substantial natural, technological, man-caused and national security hazards faced by Marion County and because of the need to establish a continuing program for preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies in an orderly way, this ordinance sets forth a mechanism for emergency management planning.  It is intended to supplement the Civil Defense and Disaster Law of 1975 (I.C. 10-4-1 et seq.)

2.    Definitions.

a.    "Civil Defense" shall mean activities associated with mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from national security hazards associated with hostile military actions, except when specifically used in connection with programs of the Indiana Department of Civil Defense and Emergency Management or when referring to specific provisions of the Indiana Civil Defense and Disaster Law of 1975; in such instances the definition found in that law shall apply.

b.    "Coordination" shall mean the establishment of effective communications linkages and other actions, both of a routine  and emergency nature, necessary for the orderly development of the emergency management program and for the response to and the recovery from emergencies.

c.    "Emergency" shall mean occurrence or imminent threat of loss of life, illness or injury, damage to public property, private or the environment resulting from any technological, man-caused, natural or national security hazard including, but not limited to, floods, earthquakes, severe wind, fires, storms, tornadoes, mass transportation accidents, releases of hazardous materials and substances, oil spills, explosions, droughts, riots, structural failure, public extortion, hostage taking, strikes by essential workers, attack, military actions, infestations, epidemic, fuel or resource shortages.

d.    "Emergency Management" shall mean all measures associated with the prevention and mitigation of the effects of major emergencies, development of plans and preparedness for emergencies, response to the acute effects of emergencies and recovery from emergencies of all kinds.

e.    "Local Disaster Emergency" means a major emergency which has resulted in a formal declaration of local state of emergency by the mayor.

f.    "Major Emergency" shall mean an emergency or threat of emergency which causes loss of life, injury, illness, or damage to public or private property or the environment to a degree greater than that which occurs on a regular basis in the county.

g.    "Man-caused Hazards" shall mean threats attributable to intentional disruptive actions by humans, including such episodes as riots, public extortion or strikes by essential workers.

h.    "Mitigation" shall mean the prevention or the lessening of effects of emergencies when and where possible including the adoption of appropriate ordinances and regulations.

i.    "National Security Hazards" shall include threats attributable to acts or threat of acts by another government including such episodes as accidental launch of a nuclear or conventional bomb, limited nuclear or conventional warfare, general nuclear or conventional warfare, or any peacetime emergency which poses a serious threat to the national security.

j.    "Natural Hazards" shall mean threat attributable to forces of nature, including such episodes as floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, or epidemics.

k.    "Preparedness" shall mean all of the measures taken preparatory to emergency response and recovery actions including, but not limited to, the preparation and distribution of emergency management plans, training programs for citizens and emergency forces workers, and emergency information, warning and communications systems.

l.    "Recovery" shall mean all actions necessary to restore life, limb, property, and environment to a condition as nearly like that which prevailed prior to an emergency as possible.

m.    "Response" shall mean all of the actions necessary to effectively respond to acute need for protection of life, limb, public property, private property and the environment during an emergency.

n.    "Technological Hazards" shall mean serious threats attributable to inventions or products of humankind, including such episodes as structural failures, mass transportation accidents, releases of hazardous materials, fires in multiple occupancy buildings.

3.    Duties, powers.  The Division of Homeland Security shall:

a.    Coordinate and direct the development of a program of emergency management for Marion County.   Such a program shall involve all sectors of government and the private sector; shall address all threats or emergencies from all hazards, including natural, technological, man-caused and national security hazards; and shall include mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.

b.    Prepare, disseminate and maintain in current status a county emergency management plan which addresses in detail the response to and recovery from major emergencies occurring in Marion County.   This plan shall be the sole emergency management plan for the county and shall be filed in the office of the Marion County Clerk.  No police or private organizations shall develop emergency operating or disaster plans or procedures which are in conflict with the county emergency management plan except where specifically authorized by ordinance, statue, or federal law or regulation.

c.    Designate and manage an Emergency Operations Center to which senior government officials and chief coordinators designated in the county emergency management plan may respond to formulate and disseminate decisions regarding the management of a major emergency; the Division of Homeland Security may also designate such auxiliary emergency operations centers as may be necessary.

d.    Coordinate the development and executions of tests, drills and exercises of the emergency management system or any of its parts.

e.    Be responsible for monitoring hazardous conditions of any kind in the county, making recommendations to the director of public safety and the mayor concerning emergency measures and activating the county emergency management plan after the declaration of a local disaster emergency by the mayor and for coordinating response and recovery operations associated with a major emergency.

f.    Serve as the civil defense agency for Marion County for the purposes of  I.C. 10-4-1-1 through I.C. 10-4-1-27 and shall have all the powers and duties of a department of civil defense under said statues.

g.    Be authorized to seek and apply for grants, contracts and other sources of funding necessary or in support of its duties from the federal government, state government and non-governmental public and private sources.

4.    Board of Public Safety.

The Board of Public Safety shall exercise general supervision over the emergency management program of the county.

The Board of Public Safety shall act as the "County Civil Defense Advisory Council" for all of Marion County for the purposes of I.C. 10-4-1 and shall have and exercise all the powers, duties and obligations under the act.

5.   Director; staff.

The Division of Homeland Security shall have a director who shall be appointed by the Board of Public Safety and shall serve at the pleasure of the presiding officer of the Board.  The director shall serve as the county civil defense and disaster director for the purposes of I.C. 10-4-1 and shall have all the powers and duties of a civil defense and disaster director pursuant to said statues.

The director shall be responsible for such paid and voluntary staff members as are necessary to fulfill the duties of the Emergency Management Division.  Such staff members shall be subject to any merit system requirements necessary to participate in state and federal funding programs.

The Division of Homeland Security may organize such volunteer units, emergency reservists and others as may be necessary to fulfill its duties.

6.   Merit system.

The establishment of a merit system of personnel administration for all employees of this division of emergency management of the department of public safety to be serviced by the state personnel division is hereby authorized.  The director of Division of Homeland Security is authorized and directed to enter into such arrangement and agreements with the state department of civil defense and state personnel division as may be necessary to provide for a continuing merit program of personnel administration for all Division of Homeland Security employees.   The merit system shall be serviced by the state personnel division pursuant to the authority granted by section 37, chapter 139, Acts of 1941, page 387 of the state personnel act and shall meet federal merit systems standards of the U.S. Department of Defense, including the exemption of any position from the merit program as is recognized in these same federal standards.  For the purpose of administering the merit program for all employees of the division, the director of emergency management is hereby considered and designated as the appointing officer.

7.    Emergency communications and warning.

The Division of Homeland Security shall coordinate the development of an emergency communications and warning system which will allow for the dissemination of warning to potential responders and the general public, to effect the notification of appropriate response agencies and individuals and to distribute and receive information to and from potential emergency responders and the general public regarding an emergency condition.

The Division shall develop and maintain an integrated system for warning the public which may include the deployment of warning sirens, the development of voice radio systems, coordination of the mobilization of cable television systems, coordination of the county's participation in the Emergency Broadcast System, and any other appropriate systems which may become available.

8.    Emergency powers and procedure.

a.    The mayor shall, via executive order, designate a line of successors which shall establish which government officials may act in his place in the event that both he and the president of the city-county council are incapacitated, absent from the county, deceased or ill.

b.    The mayor shall, upon declaring a local disaster emergency, take such actions as are appropriate to assure the public well-being, safety of public and private property and the environment including, but not limited to, the imposition of travel bans on streets and highways; the imposition of curfews; the alteration of normal business working hours; the ordering of evacuation and relocation of civilian populations; all as may be necessary to effect emergency response and recovery.