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(ROH 05116117) <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2916 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SANTA ANA AMENDING CHAPTER 2 OF THE SANTA <br />ANA MUNICIPAL CODE TO UPDATE THE CITY'S <br />EMERGENCY SERVICES POLICIES AND PROCEDURES <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS. <br />Section 1. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines <br />and declares as follows: <br />A. The Emergency Services Division (Division 3 of Article IV) was placed into the <br />Municipal Code in 1973, with minor revisions in 1984 and 2015. The original <br />version was developed from Cold War, civil defense concepts and procedures <br />current at the time. <br />B. In 1994, the State of California enacted the Standardized Emergency <br />Management System (SEMS), a statewide emergency management system, <br />which broadened the focus to include preparing for and responding to natural <br />disasters. <br />C. In 2004, the Federal Government enacted the National Incident Management <br />System (NIMS), a nationwide emergency management system similar to SEMS, <br />which further broadened the focus to include preparing for and responding to <br />acts of terrorism in the aftermath of September 11 th. <br />D. SEMS and NIMS place requirements upon the City to incorporate certain <br />required elements into our emergency plans and procedures which are not <br />articulated in the original version of this Division. The City's eligibility to receive <br />various state and federal emergency management and homeland security grants, <br />as well as state or federal reimbursement for disaster response costs, is <br />dependent on adhering to these requirements. <br />E. The Northridge Earthquake, September 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane <br />Katrina, and other acts of terrorism and natural disasters occurring around the <br />country and world, have focused greater public attention and raised the <br />expectations of the public on the ability of the City and its Emergency Services to <br />competently and adequately manage any disasters or large-scale emergencies <br />that occur. <br />F. Over this time period, job titles and organizational structures within City staff <br />have also changed, including the merger of Santa Ana Fire Department with <br />Orange County Fire Authority and transfer of the emergency management <br />responsibility to the Santa Ana Police Department, creating a need to update the <br />Ordinance No. NS -2916 <br />Page 1 of 13 <br />