CITY OF JOHNSON, WASIDNGTON COUNTY
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
FOR THE CITY OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS
WHEREAS, Mayor Chris Keeney is the duly elected Mayor of the City of Johnson, Washington County, Arkansas;
WHEREAS, in the morning of March 30, 2022, a severe thunderstorm caused brought high winds, rain and a tornado passed through the City of Johnson causing significant damage to property throughout the city;
WHEREAS, the City of Johnson, Arkansas, has the authority under Arkansas law to use police powers to protect the health, safety and welfare of citizens of Johnson as well as the general public;
WHEREAS, further, in order to respond to such a disaster, Ark. Code Ann.§ 12-75-108 provides that a local disaster emergency may be declared by the chief executive of a local political subdivision;
WHEREAS, the Mayor Chris Keeney hereby finds that conditions are present which necessitate a disaster emergency declaration be issued under Ark. Code Ann. § 12-75-108 and other applicable law;
WHEREAS, it is hereby determined that a disaster emergency declaration is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City of Johnson, Arkansas; and
WHEREAS, in response to this disaster, the City of Johnson will work with other surrounding municipalities, Washington County, the State of Arkansas and the United States Government, where necessary, in order to ensure that the public health, safety and welfare is protected, that the recovery from this disaster can begin and will not be impeded by local ordinances or resolutions which may be in conflict with the recovery effort and that any local or interjurisdictional disaster emergency plans can be initiated.
THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY DECLARED:
- A declaration of a disaster emergency ("Declaration") is hereby declared for the City of Johnson, Arkansas.
- The Declaration is in effective immediately and shall continue in effect for thirty (30) days until modified, extended or ceased. Specific orders or rules may be issued under the Declaration in the form of Executive Orders.
- . All powers and authority under Ark. Code Ann. § 12-75-108 are in effect, including the power to suspend the provision of any local regulatory ordinance or regulation for up to thirty (30) days if strict compliance with the ordinance or regulation provisions would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary actions to cope with this disaster emergency.
IT IS THEREFORE HEREBY DECLARED AND ORDERED, on this 30th day of March, 2022.