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A. The Board of County Commissioners is responsible for civil defense emergency operations. The Board shall act as the Chief of Staff during emergency operations. Heads of departments and agencies are responsible for emergency tasks as specified in this section of the plan. Emergency operations to accomplish the mission stated in JCC 2.100.060 will be conducted by County forces, supplemented as necessary by trained volunteers and by manpower available within the County.

B. The following emergency tasks are those that might be necessary to accomplish the mission as stated in JCC 2.100.060. An operational plan shall be written for each task and attached to this plan as an annex.



Law and order

Search and rescue

Coordination of communications

Health and medical

Emergency welfare

Radiology defense


Debris clearance




Water (maintenance and purification)

Damage assessment

Price control


Management, distribution and use of resources

Public information


EOC operations

Religious affairs and counseling

Maintenance of vital utilities

C. County Emergency Organizations with Assignment of Emergency Responsibilities. Following are statements of responsibility of the agencies in the organization:

1. The Chief Executive, acting for the legislative bodies in the County, is responsible for:

a. Implementation of the Local Disaster Emergency Plan, all or in part, as the situation requires;

b. Direction and control of all County agencies before, during, and after a disaster;

c. Establishment of an emergency public information service to provide authenticated disaster information to the public through all communications media;

d. Issuance of public proclamations relative to emergency disaster matters;

e. Establishment of a policy concerning the expenditure and allocation of funds;

f. Decision to move the populace to shelter in the event of a nuclear attack;

g. The management, distribution and use of the following resources: manpower, food, water, health supplies, electric power, petroleum gas, and solid fuels, industrial production, transportation, construction, housing, economic stabilization and telecommunications.

2. The Civil Defense Director will:

a. Act as advisor to the Chief Executive and assume the responsibility to be informed of the situation and to brief the officials;

b. Coordinate the disaster operations of all governmental agencies and support agencies before, during, and after a disaster;

c. Establish the emergency operations center and be responsible for its operation;

d. Be responsible for civil defense training classes in the County;

e. Release public information as ordered by the spokesman of the governing body by whatever means possible – radio, telephone, newspaper, etc.;

f. Develop the County radiological defense plan;

g. Establish the policy, procedure and organization required to maintain an effective program to minimize the effect of a nuclear attack by providing the maximum protection from radioactive fallout. Stock the necessary survival supplies to maintain occupants for two weeks;

h. Appoint a Deputy Director to act as an assistant and as Director in the absence of the Director;

i. Make arrangements with any directors in cities and towns regarding the functions for which they will be responsible.

3. County Attorneys will:

a. Function as legal advisors to the Board of County Commissioners;

b. Become familiar with those laws of the State of Indiana and the Federal government that apply to disasters or emergencies.

4. Sheriff and Police Departments will:

a. Maintain law and order throughout the County;

b. Warn the population of the emergency;

c. Conduct search and rescue operations until fire and rescue personnel arrive.

5. Hospitals and Health Departments will provide for the prevention and control of disease and injury by organizing, directing and controlling the health services, resources, and facilities within the County.

6. Welfare Department will:

a. In the event of a natural or manmade disaster, be responsible for providing assistance within the Department’s capability and for requesting assistance from the American National Red Cross through the Chairman of the County Red Cross;

b. In the event of a nuclear disaster, be responsible for providing temporary lodging, mass feeding, clothing, registration and inquiry and emergency social services during and after the emergency.

7. County Highway Department will:

a. Provide and coordinate all available transportation and movement of personnel, equipment and supplies;

b. Be responsible for the removal of debris to permit emergency rescue operations and movement of emergency vehicles and supplies;

c. Be responsible for emergency repairs to essential roads, bridges, hospitals and public utilities on a priority basis;

d. Provide a capability for returning necessary facilities, equipment and areas to use by reducing the radiological hazard by means of approved decontamination procedures and techniques. This task will be carried out under the direction of the County Radiological Defense Officer;

e. Provide decontamination services for personnel who become contaminated with radioactive fallout while engaged in emergency service or through other means. This task will be carried out under the direction of the County Radiological Defense Officer;

8. Rural and Volunteer Fire Department will:

a. Be responsible for the control of fires;

b. Be responsible for the rescue of trapped persons;

c. Assist in decontamination service. This will be carried out under the direction of the County Radiological Defense Officer.

9. Sewer Board Public Works Department will provide for removal of sewage and solid waste.

10. County Assessor will provide information on damage sustained by the County to its population, resources, highways, public utilities and other facilities. This assessment is to be used by all levels of government to assign priorities for assistance and as a basis for declaring a disaster emergency under Public Law 920, 91-606, and/or IC 10-4-1-1, et seq.

11. County Auditor will initiate and administer for an interim post-attack period under the general policies established by Federal-State government direct controls on emergency consumer rationing, price and rent controls. Secondarily support indirect post-attack controls of wages and salaries, financial, monetary, and credit operations by assisting appropriate Federal and State agencies assigned these responsibilities.

D. The following agencies are requested to provide support for the local emergency organization by assuming the responsibilities listed.

1. U.S.D.A. County Defense Board will:

a. Assist producers, processors, and wholesalers to conserve and direct food supplies available from these sources to essential locations;

b. Build an understanding among rural people of the necessity of preparing to meet any kind of emergency, whether natural or nuclear;

c. Provide information about protection measures against radioactive fallout;

d. Encourage families to prepare written survival plans outlining preparedness measures.

2. All schools with Jasper County will:

a. Plan for the care or the dismissal of pupils, depending upon the situation.

b. Assist the County Highway Department with coordination of transportation.

3. Clergy will plan religious activities that might be suggested to shelterees who may request such activities.

4. American National Red Cross (during a natural disaster) will:

a. Provide mass care, food, clothing, and lodging.

b. Provide supplemental emergency medical and nursing care.

c. Provide individualized services to families and individuals in the areas of information and emergency assistance.

d. Provide assistance in rehabilitation of families or individuals.

5. Federal offices will:

a. Plan for emergency relocation, if necessary.

b. Provide information and personnel assistance.

c. Plan for support of local government through the use of equipment as the situation dictates.

6. Industry will:

a. Establish and manage shelters for employees and the public.

b. Plan for movement of employees to shelter.

c. Establish and test emergency shut-down procedures.

d. Protect vital records and documents.

e. Encourage and assist employees in planning for personal and family survival.

7. Private utilities will provide electricity, natural gas, heating and cooking fuel, and telephone services according to the emergency plan of each company.

8. Indiana Employment Officer will manage manpower resources in Jasper County by recruiting and assigning workers. [Ord. 8-5-91B § 6; Code 1988 § 130.06(B).]