Policy and purpose.
1.Because of the existing and increasing possibility of the occurrence of emergencies or disasters of unprecedented size and destructiveness resulting from enemy attack, sabotage or other hostile action, from a fire, flood, earthquake, storm or other natural causes, or from technological or man-made catastrophes, and in order to ensure that the preparations of this state will be adequate to deal with such emergencies or disasters, and generally to provide for the common defense and to protect the public welfare, and to preserve the lives and property of the people of the State, it is hereby found and declared to be necessary:
(a)To create a state agency for emergency management and to authorize the creation of local organizations for emergency management in the political subdivisions of the State.
(b)To confer upon the Governor and upon the executive heads or governing bodies of the political subdivisions of the State the emergency powers provided in this chapter.
(c)To assist with the rendering of mutual aid among the political subdivisions of the State and with other states and to cooperate with the Federal Government with respect to carrying out the functions of emergency management.
2.It is further declared to be the purpose of this chapter and the policy of the State that all functions of emergency management in this state be coordinated to the maximum extent with the comparable functions of the Federal Government, including its various departments and agencies, of other states and localities and of private agencies of every type, providing for the most effective preparation and use of the nation’s workforce, resources and facilities for dealing with any emergency or disaster that may occur.
Section 414.020 — Policy and purpose.,