Storm damage recovery

15.08.020 Authority During a State of Emergency.

City Code Section
  1. A.  Upon the declaration of a State of Emergency, the Mayor shall assume centralized control and shall have authority over all bureaus, departments and other City offices as among other powers.  The Mayor may delegate any authority vested in the Mayor.
  2. B.  Upon the declaration of a State of Emergency, in addition to any other power that may lawfully be exercised by a local government, the Mayor may:
    1. 1.  Utilize all City owned resources;
    2. 2.  Designate persons to coordinate the work of public and private relief agencies operating in the area and exclude from the area, any person or agency refusing to cooperate and work under the Director and/or Incident Commander or to coordinate with other agencies engaged in the emergency work;
    3. 3.  Regulate by rationing, freezing, use of quotas, prohibitions on shipments, price fixing, allocation or other means, the use, sale or distribution of food, feed, fuel, clothing and other commodities, materials, goods and services;
    4. 4.  Order the removal of debris and wreckage which may threaten the public health or safety on public or private property consistent with the provisions of PCC 15.08.030;
    5. 5.  Barricade streets and prohibit vehicular or pedestrian traffic, or regulate the same on any public street leading to the area designated as an emergency area for such distance as may be deemed necessary under the circumstances;
    6. 6.  Prohibit or limit the number of persons who may gather or congregate upon any public street, public place or any outdoor place within the area designated as an emergency area;
    7. 7.  Establish a curfew for the designated emergency area which fixes the hours during which all persons other than officially authorized personnel may not be upon the public streets or other public places;
    8. 8.  To the extent allowed by law, prohibit the sale, carrying or possession of explosives of any kind or weapons of any kind other than firearms on public streets or public places;
    9. 9.  Establish rent controls and provide temporary or permanent housing by purchase, lease or otherwise and to enter into arrangements necessary to prepare or equip the living units for occupancy;
    10. 10.  Order the evacuation of persons from designated areas when necessary for public safety or when necessary for the efficient conduct of activities that minimize or mitigate the effects of the emergency; 
    11. 11.  Order such other measures as may be necessary to protect the life, safety and health of persons, property or the environment;
    12. 12.  Adopt rules for the expeditious issuance of permits necessary to address issues that arise from the emergency or disaster;
    13. 13.  Enter into contracts to the extent authorized by Charter Sections 8-104 and 8-105;
    14. 14.  Activate emergency plans.