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The Powers and Duties of the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) shall be as follows*:

  1. The development and maintenance in current form of an emergency management plan for the city.
  2. The maintenance of necessary liaison and coordination of cooperative activities with other municipal, county, district, regional, state, federal and other civil defense and disaster relief organizations.
  3. The drafting, execution and recommendation for adoption by the City Council of any and all mutual aid plans and agreements deemed essential or desirable for the implementation of the city's emergency management plan and coordination of combined area disaster services efforts, including the formation of a county or other joint disaster services council and emergency management plan and the appointment of a disaster coordinator for such joint effort.
  4. The surveying of the availability of existing and potential personnel, equipment, supplies, services and facilities for use during an emergency and the procurement and disposition of all necessary equipment, supplies and facilities, including acceptance of private contributions and assistance.
  5. The continuing study of emergency management and disaster relief problems for the purpose of amendment and improvement of the emergency management plan and keeping current with all federal and state regulatory and informational requirements.
  6. The control and direction of all actual operations and training activities in emergency management and disaster relief.
  7. The determination of all questions of authority and responsibility in connection with emergency management and disaster relief.
  8. The negotiation and authorization of agreements, subject to the approval of the city council when required, for the use of private property for public shelter or other necessary purposes during the course of an emergency.
  9. Acting as a clearing house on emergency management information for all government and private agencies cooperating in the emergency management plan.
  10. The maintaining of contact with the division of emergency management of the office of the governor, providing prompt and efficient response to all requests and suggestions of the division and other agencies and departments of federal, state and county governments in connection with emergency management and disaster relief.
  11. The marshaling, upon the declaration of an emergency as herein provided, of all necessary personnel, equipment and supplies from any department of the city and from private contributors to aid in implementation of the emergency management plan.


*Texas Government Code, Section 418.106; City of Corpus Christi Code of Ordinances, Chapter 15, Emergency Management