Emergency Response Unit
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control is equipped with 2 Emergency Response Trailers. The first trailer was purchased and equipped in the Fall of 2009, thanks to a grant from the Department of Homeland Security. This trailer is part of the Urban Area Security Initiative. Charlotte Fire Department played a large role in helping make this possible.
The UASI Program provides funding to address the unique planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs of high-threat, high-density urban areas, and assists them in building an enhanced and sustainable capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism. Per the 9/11 Act, states are required to ensure that at least 25 percent (25%) of UASI appropriated funds are dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
A second trailer was purchased to hold additional equipment and was added to the fleet in the Spring of 2011. The trailers are fully equipped to be able to set up a mobile animal shelter which could house 100 animals. The trailers are self-sustained with generators to power ac/heat and lights. They also provide pop-up cots for sleeping quarters for the emergency response team. One of the trailers can also serve as an exam room if the situation would arise where animals needed to be examined for injuries. The trailers are also equipped with necessary veterinary medical supplies, kennel cleaning supplies. There is a laptop system that has the ability to connect to our animal database software so we can set up a remote database to keep electronic inventory, medical records, identification photos of animals, and most importantly the ability to post to a website any stray animals. There is also an emergency response team of Animal Care & Control staff that is trained and ready to deploy with the trailers if the need arises.
100 percent of the grant money has been spent for this project.
Animal Care & Control has a large Emergency Response Team. Members consists of front counter, vet tech, kennel attendant and officer staff. Pictured above is a little less than half of the members of the Emergency Response Team. They are trained and certified in sheltering and field rescue.