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A. As used in this chapter, the following words have the following meanings, unless the context otherwise requires:

CIVIL EMERGENCY: A condition of unrest including, but not limited to, riot, civil disturbance, unlawful assembly, hostile military or paramilitary action, war, terrorism, or sabotage.

DECLARATION: The written document executed by the mayor or town manager declaring a disaster, emergency, or civil emergency.

EMERGENCY: Any occurrence or threat of natural or manmade disaster of a major proportion in which the safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the town or their property are jeopardized or placed at extreme peril that timely action may avert or minimize.

LOCAL DISASTER: The occurrence of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural or manmade cause including, but not limited to, flood, fire, cyclone, tornado, earthquake, severe high or low temperatures, blizzard, landslide, mudslide, hurricane, building or structural collapse, high water table, water pollution, air pollution, epidemic, riot, drought, utility emergency, sudden and severe energy shortages, volcano, snow, ice, windstorm, waves, hazardous substance spills, chemical or petroleum spills, biological material release or spill, radiological release or spill, structural failure, public health emergency or accidents.

B. Terms not defined in this chapter are to be given their common meaning. (Ord. 25, Series 2012)