1503 Bill No 503 Local Disaster Preparedness




Be it ordained by the Council of the City of Rich Hill, Missouri, that:


Section 1:   There is hereby created within and for the City of Rich Hill, Missouri, a disaster planning and operations organization to be known as the RICH HILL CIVIL DEFENSE UNIT, which is responsible for the preparation and implementation of emergency functions required to prevent, minimize and repair injury and damage due to disasters, to include emergency management of resources and administration of such economic controls as my be needed to provide for the welfare of the people in emergency activities, excluding functions for which military forces are primarily responsible, in accordance with the Missouri Civil Defense Act.


Section 2:  This unit shall consist of a coordinator appointed by the mayor with the consent of the majority of the council members, and such other members appointed by the coordinator with the consent of the Mayor to conform to State organization and procedures for the conduct of emergency operations as outlined in the Missouri Disaster Operations Plan.


Section 3:  The organization shall perform Civil Defense functions within the territorial limits as directed by the Governor during times of emergency pursuant to the provisions of the Missouri Civil Defense Act.


Section 4:  a.   The coordinator shall be appointed as described above and shall serve         at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council.

  1. The coordinator shall have direct responsibility for the organization, administration and operations of local disaster planning and operations.
  2. The coordinator shall be responsible for maintaining records and accounting

for the use and disposal of all items of equipment placed under the

jurisdiction of the Rich Hill Emergency Management Director.


Section 5:  The Mayor of the City of Rich Hill and the Emergency Management Director, in accordance with the Missouri Civil Defense Act. May:

  • Expend funds, make contracts, obtain and distribute equipment, materials and supplies for civil defense purposes; provide for the health and the safety of persons including the emergency assistance to victims of an enemy attack; the safety of property, and direct and coordinate the development of disaster plans and programs in accordance with policies and plans of the Federal and State disaster and emergency planning;
  • Appoint, provide or remove rescue teams, auxiliary fire and police personnel and other emergency operation teams, units or personnel who may serve without compensation.
  • In the event of enemy attack, waive the provisions of statutes requiring advertisements for bids for the performances of public work for entering into contracts.
  • With the approval of the Governor and consistent with the Missouri Disaster Operations Plan, enter into mutual aid agreements with other public and private agencies within and without the State for reciprocal emergency aid.
  • Accept services, materials, equipment, supplies or funds granted or loaned by the Federal Government for disaster planning and operations purposes.


Section 6:     No person shall be employed or associated in any capacity in any organization established under this act, who advocates or has advocated a change by force or violence in the constitutional form of the government of the United State or in this State or the overthrow of any government in the United States by force or violence, or has been convicted of or is under indictment or information charging any subversive act against the United States.  Each person who is appointed to serve in an organization for civil defense shall, before entering upon his duties, take an oath, in writing, before a person authorized to administer oaths in this State, which oath shall be substantially as follows:

“I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State of Missouri, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.  And do further swear that I do not advocate, nor am I a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence; and that during such a time as I am a member of the Rich Hill Emergency Management,  I will not advocate nor become a member of any political party or organization that advocates the overthrow of the government of the United States or of this State by force or violence.”


Section 7     The Emergency Management Director will be allowed an amount of $100.00 monthly for his duty, and for 24 hr. work of keeping the community safe from disasters, and enemies foreign and domestic.  Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a current copy of such with the City Clerk.  Provide proof of liability insurance coverage on the personal vehicle(s) used in their duties and responsibilities as the Emergency management director.


Section 8:  This ordinance shall be in force from and after its passage and approval, as

provided by law.








Jennifer Perkey-Ewing, Mayor





Tonya Perryman, City Clerk


Ayes: Kassner, Pilcher, Buesing                        Nays: None