The team spent much of its time speaking with local residents about pre-event evacuation for themselves and their pets. We also transported animals out of potential impact areas for those residents that were evacuating and didn’t have a means to transport the animals themselves. We had overwhelming support and gratitude from residents for assisting them with their animal evacuations.
Code 3′s response teams have extensive technical training and field experience, which led to a request from local Emergency Management to integrate with human rescue teams in the event of levee failure that would have necessitated human evacuation and rescue.
Code 3 wishes to give special thanks to the Kennett Fire Department Station 2 for allowing our field responders to use their shower facilities and station while we were staged at the Delta Dunklin Fairgrounds.
Now as the event winds down in Caruthersville, and the rising floodwaters threaten communities further south on the Mississippi, BART and Code 3 teams are poised to continue our support of communities affected by this disaster. Volunteer rescue teams, in addition to those already assisting, have been placed on standby in the event this disaster escalates.
A reminder for residents along the Gulf and Atlantic Seaboards, as we enter the 2011 hurricane season, to be diligent and safe in the even a storm makes landfall. Code 3 Associates is always a resource to assist those jurisdictions if affected.
Look for future updates on this and future events! Thanks for following our news from the road, and as always your support is appreciated as it allows us to respond to the needs of communities affected by disasters.