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The Mayor is hereby empowered to:

A. Request the City Council to proclaim or declare the existence, or threatened existence, of a disaster or emergency and the termination thereof, or if the City Council is not in session or unavailable, the Mayor may issue such proclamation or declaration of disaster or emergency, subject to confirmation by the City Council at the earliest practicable time if necessary;

B. Direct coordination and cooperation between departments and staff in carrying out the provisions of the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Annex (SNO-CEMP), and to resolve questions of authority and responsibility that may arise;

C. Preserve and provide the continuity of the administrative and executive branch of government pursuant to RCW 35A.12.100;

D. Prepare amendments and revisions to the SNO- mutual aid plans and agreements and other matters that require City Council authorization, approval and/or adoption;

E. In the event of the proclamation of a disaster as herein provided, or the proclamation of a state of extreme emergency by the Governor or the State Director of Emergency Management, the Mayor 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 disaster; provided, however, such rules and regulations must be reported at the earliest practicable time to the City Council;

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

a. To control and direct the efforts of the Emergency Management organization of this City for the accomplishment of the purposes of this chapter;

b. To require emergency services of any City officer or employee, and in the event of the proclamation of a state of extreme emergency by the Governor in the region in which their city is located, to command the aid of as many citizens of the City as may be deemed necessary in the execution of the Mayor duties; such persons to be entitled to all privileges, benefits, and immunities as are provided by state law for registered emergency workers, pursuant to Chapter 38.52 RCW;

c. To requisition necessary personnel or material of any City department or agency;

d. To execute all of the special powers conferred upon the Mayor by this chapter, or by any other statute, agreement, or lawful authority, as necessary. (Ord. 2026, 2003; Ord. 2220, 2011; Ord. 2306, 2016; Ord. 2340, 2018)