ARTICLE 1. CIVIL EMERGENCIES
(a) Generally. Whenever the mayor, or in the event of an absence or inability to act, the city manager, determines that an emergency exists as a result of mob action or other civil disobedience or disorder causing danger of injury to or damages to persons or property, such officers shall have the power to impose, by proclamation, any or all of the following regulations necessary to preserve the peace and order of the city:
(1) A curfew upon all or any portion of the city, thereby requiring all persons in such designated curfew areas to forthwith remove themselves from the public streets, alleys, parks or other public places; provided, however, that physicians, nurses and ambulance operators performing medical services, utility personnel maintaining essential public services, firefighters and city authorized or requested law enforcement officers and personnel may be exempted from such curfew.
(2) Order the closing of any business establishments anywhere within the city for the period of the emergency, such businesses to include, but not be limited to, those selling intoxicating liquors, cereal malt beverages, gasoline or firearms.
(3) Designate any public street, thoroughfare or vehicle parking areas closed to motor vehicles and pedestrian traffic.
(4) Call upon regular and auxiliary law enforcement agencies and organizations within or without the city to assist in preserving and keeping the peace within the city.
(b) When effective. The proclamation of emergency provided for in subsection (a) of this section shall become effective upon its issuance and dissemination to the public by appropriate news media.
(Code 1971, §§ 15-1, 15-2)
Any emergency proclaimed in accordance with the provisions of section 9-101(a) shall terminate after 48 hours from the issuance thereof, or upon the issuance of a proclamation determining an emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that such emergency may be extended for such additional periods of time as determined necessary by resolution of the governing body.
(Code 1971, § 15-3)
It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully fail or refuse to comply with the orders of duly authorized law enforcement officers or personnel charged with the responsibility of enforcing a proclamation of emergency authorized by section 9-101(a).
(Code 1971, § 15-4)