(20 ILCS 3305/4)
(from Ch. 127, par. 1054)
As used in this Act, unless the context
clearly indicates otherwise, the following words and terms have the
meanings ascribed to them in this Section:
"Coordinator" means the staff assistant to the principal
executive officer of a political subdivision with the duty of coordinating
the emergency management programs of that political subdivision.
"Disaster" means an occurrence or threat of widespread or severe
damage, injury or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or
technological cause, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake,
wind, storm, hazardous materials spill or other water contamination requiring
action to avert danger or damage, epidemic, air contamination, blight,
extended periods of severe and inclement weather,
drought, infestation, critical shortages of essential fuels and energy,
explosion, riot, hostile military or
paramilitary action, public health emergencies, or acts of domestic
"Emergency Management" means the efforts of the State and the
political subdivisions to develop, plan, analyze, conduct, provide,
maintain programs for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
"Emergency Services and Disaster Agency" means the
agency by this name, by the name Emergency Management Agency, or by any other
name that is established
by ordinance within a political subdivision to coordinate the emergency
management program within that political subdivision and with private
organizations, other political subdivisions, the State and federal governments.
"Emergency Operations Plan" means the written plan of the State and
political subdivisions describing the organization, mission, and functions
of the government and supporting services for responding to and recovering
from disasters and shall include plans that take into account the needs of those individuals with household pets and service animals following a major disaster or emergency.
"Emergency Services" means the coordination of functions by the
State and its political subdivision, other than functions for which military
are primarily responsible, as may be necessary or proper to prevent,
minimize, repair, and alleviate injury and damage resulting from
any natural or technological causes. These functions include, without
limitation, fire fighting
services, police services, emergency aviation services, medical and
health services, HazMat and technical rescue teams, rescue,
engineering, warning services, communications, radiological,
chemical and other special weapons defense, evacuation of persons from
stricken or threatened areas, emergency assigned functions of plant protection,
temporary restoration of public utility services and other functions
related to civilian protection, together with all other activities
necessary or incidental to protecting life or property.
"Exercise" means a planned event realistically simulating a disaster,
conducted for the purpose of
evaluating the political subdivision's coordinated emergency management
but not limited to, testing the emergency operations plan.
"HazMat team" means a career or volunteer mobile support team that has been authorized by a unit of local government to respond to hazardous materials emergencies and that is primarily designed for emergency response to chemical or biological terrorism, radiological emergencies, hazardous material spills, releases, or fires, or other contamination events.
"Illinois Emergency Management Agency"
means the agency
established by this Act within the executive branch of State Government
responsible for coordination of the overall emergency management program of
the State and with private organizations, political subdivisions, and the
Illinois Emergency Management Agency also means the State
Emergency Response Commission responsible for the implementation of Title
III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986.
"Mobile Support Team" means
a group of individuals designated as a team by the Governor or Director to
train prior to and to be
dispatched, if the Governor or the Director so determines, to aid and reinforce
the State and political
subdivision emergency management efforts in response to a disaster.
"Municipality" means any city, village, and incorporated town.
"Political Subdivision" means any county, city, village, or
incorporated town or township if the township is in a county having a
population of more than 2,000,000.
"Principal Executive Officer" means chair
of the county board, supervisor of a township if the township
is in a county having a population of more than 2,000,000, mayor
of a city or incorporated town,
president of a village,
or in their absence or disability, the interim successor as
established under Section 7 of the Emergency Interim
Executive Succession Act.
"Public health emergency" means an occurrence or imminent threat of an
illness or health condition that:
(a) is believed to be caused by any of the following:
(ii) the appearance of a novel or previously