Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 12: Division of civil defense region 5 into five sectors

Date: 06/12/1951
Issuer: Paul A. Dever
Amended by: Executive Order 16
Revoked by: Executive Order 27

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WHEREAS, by Executive Order No. 3, issued October 18, 1950, the Commonwealth has been divided into nine civil defense regions; and

WHEREAS, it is deemed necessary and expedient to subdivide Region 5 in order to achieve more efficient administration of the civil defense plan and program within said Region; and

WHEREAS, it is necessary that each civil defense region shall be prepared to function as an operational unit in event of disaster or catastrophe:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Paul A. Dever, Governor of the Commonwealth, acting under provisions of Acts of 1950, Chapter 639 and all other authority vested in me, do hereby issue this Order to cope with the existing state of emergency and as part of the comprehensive plan and program for the civil defense of the Commonwealth:

1.  For the purpose of administering the civil defense plan and program in Region 5, said Region, exclusive of the City of Boston, is hereby divided into five Sectors.  The respective Sectors shall include the following cities and towns:

SECTOR 1.  Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop
SECTOR 2.  Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Somerville, Stoneham, Wakefield
SECTOR 3.  Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Cambridge, Lexington, Lincoln, Winchester, Woburn
SECTOR 4.  Brookline, Dover, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston
SECTOR 5.  Braintree, Canton, Cohasset, Dedham, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwood, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate, Westwood, Weymouth

2.  The following mayors and city managers shall be, ex officiis, the Sector Leaders as indicated:

SECTOR 1.  City Manager of Revere
SECTOR 2.  Mayor of Somerville
SECTOR 3.  City Manager of Cambridge
SECTOR 4.  Mayor of Newton
SECTOR 5.  City Manager of Quincy

3.  The Sector Leaders herein appointed, in addition to carrying out any duties imposed by this Order, shall assist the Director of Region 5 in carrying out his responsibilities under Executive Order No. 3, paragraph 3, and under any other Executive Order, rule or regulation heretofore or hereafter issued or promulgated by the Governor.

4.  From and after the date of this Order, the director of each local organization for civil defense in Region 5 shall direct any and all requests for assistance made under the provisions of Executive Orders Nos. 4 to 11 inclusive to his Sector Leader.

Upon receipt of such a request, the Sector Leader shall have authority to mobilize and dispatch, with the approval of the Director of Region 5, such civil defense forces from any city or town within the Sector as the Sector Leader deems necessary.

5.  Each Sector Leader may also request the Director of Region 5 to mobilize and dispatch assistance to any city or town within the Sector whenever the available civil defense forces of the Sector are inadequate to deal with conditions existing in such city or town as a result of disaster or catastrophe.

For the purpose of complying with such a request, the Director of Region 5 may mobilize and dispatch the civil defense forces of the Region pursuant to the authority conferred upon him by Executive Order Nos. 4 to 11 inclusive.

6.  The Regional Director in each Region shall cause to be prepared an operational plan for the civil defense of the Region.  Such plan shall be designed to make possible the swift and efficient mobilization and utilization of the civil defense forces of each city or town within the Region in the event of disaster or catastrophe within the Region too great to be dealt with by the civil defense forces of the city or town, or cities or towns, in which such disaster or catastrophe has occurred.

In Region 5 such operational plan shall include operational plans for each Sector, to be prepared under the direction of the Sector Leaders.

In all Regions such operational plans shall be in such form and shall contain such elements as shall be prescribed by the State Director and shall be submitted to the State Director for approval.

8.  Nothing contained in this Order shall be deemed to affect the authority or responsibility of the director of a local organization for civil defense to prepare operational plans to govern the performance of civil defense functions by such organization within the territorial limits of the city or town in which organized.

GIVEN at the Executive Chamber in Boston this twelfth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty-one and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and seventy-fifth.

By His Excellency the Governor, Paul A. Dever

Edward J. Cronin,
Secretary of the Commonwealth

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