§ 13.02. Definitions of terms  


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  • For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings set forth in this section, except where the context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended. Terms otherwise defined shall be construed to be consistent with similar terms used in Minn. Stat. § 12.31 or as amended.

    Declared local emergency means an emergency or disaster event or situation, formally declared as such by the mayor in accordance with Minn. Stat. §§ 12.29 and 13.06 of this code, during which emergency forces are required or directed to carry out actions pursuant to the prevention, preparation for, response to, and recovery from the impending emergency or disaster condition.

    Disaster means a situation which creates an immediate and serious impairment to the health and safety of any person or persons, or a situation which has resulted or is likely to result in catastrophic loss to property or the environment, and for which traditional sources of relief and assistance are unable to prevent, respond to, repair or recover from the injury or loss.

    Emergency means an unforeseen combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action to prevent a disaster from developing or occurring.

    Emergency forces means any personnel engaged in carrying on emergency management functions in accordance with the provisions of this chapter or any rule or order thereunder, including: any employee of the city, any other volunteer or paid members of the local emergency management department, and any individual, organization, or team authorized by the local emergency management department to supplement local resources.

    Emergency management means the preparation for and the carrying out of all emergency functions, other than functions for which military forces are primarily responsible, to prevent, protect against, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from consequences and damage resulting from natural, technological, man-made and terrorism-related emergencies and disasters. These functions include, without limitation, firefighting services; police services; medical and health services; rescue; engineering; warning services; communications; chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive devices and other special weapons defense; evacuation of persons from stricken areas; emergency welfare services; emergency transportation; protection of critical infrastructure and key resources; temporary restoration of public utility services; and other functions related to civilian protection, together with all other emergency management and homeland security program activities necessary or incidental to preparation for and carrying out of the foregoing functions.

    National emergency or peacetime emergency means an emergency declared by the governor under Minn. Stat. § 12.31 or as amended.

(Code 1956, § 73.02; C.F. No. 07-780, § 1, 9-26-07)