Skip to main content
This section is included in your selections.

A. Purpose. It is determined and declared to be necessary to maintain an Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the City of Phoenix to prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against threatened or actual natural and human-caused emergencies or acts of terrorism.

B. Definitions.

Director means the individual designated by the City Manager to manage the coordination among emergency resources and with other governments. The Director is the liaison between the Emergency Operations Center and the Policy/Advisory Group.

Emergency means any local incident, whether natural or human-caused, which requires only local response to protect public health and safety, property, or harm to the environment.

Emergency Management means the preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities necessary to respond to and recover from any disasters or emergencies.

Emergency Management Coordinator means the person who has the day-to-day responsibility for the City’s Emergency Management Program and activities.

Emergency Management Program means the development and coordination of plans, procedures, training, and exercising for emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) means a site from which City officials coordinate, monitor, and direct emergency response activities during an emergency.

Emergency operations plan means a document that describes how people, property or the environment will be protected in an emergency situation; details who is responsible for carrying out specific actions; identifies the personnel, equipment, facilities, supplies, and other resources available for use in an emergency; and outlines how all actions will be coordinated.

Local emergency means the existence of conditions of an emergency or of extreme peril to the safety of persons or property within the City that are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of the City as determined by the City Council, which requires the combined efforts of the political subdivisions of the State of Arizona.

National Incident Management System (NIMS) means a system that provides a proactive approach guiding government agencies at all levels, the private sector and nongovernmental organizations to work seamlessly to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life or property and harm to the environment.

Policy/Advisory Group means the City Council, Fire Chief, Police Chief, Communications Director, City Attorney, and City Manager. (Ord. No. G-5695, 2012; Ord. No. G-5851, 2013; Ord. No. G-6026, 2015)