Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response in Support of Wake Forest Animals in Research and Teaching

To report an emergency. To report suspicious or threatening behavior. To report a protest or demonstration.
Local Emergency Responsen Dial 9-911
WFBMC Security Dial 6-9111
Reynolda Campus Security Dial 758-5911

To contact ARP central command in an emergency
via WFBMC Security 6-9111 Dial 6-9111

Definition of Disaster

According the WFBMC’s Comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP), “Disasters are results of natural events, such as tornadoes or hurricanes, or man-made events such as hazardous material spills or transportation accidents and strike without warning. Disasters or emergencies may be contained to a small area or can potentially completely disrupt the entire community, state, or nation. An external disaster involves the community and an internal disaster occurs within the Medical Center….

… The Joint Commission defines a “disaster” as, an emergency that, due to its complexity, scope, or duration, threatens the organizations capabilities and requires outside assistance to sustain patient care, safety, or security functions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency defines “emergency” as, any event, which threatens to or actually does inflict damage to property or people.”

Responsibility of WFBMC

Our local community

WFBMC is one of two primary hospitals designated to receive disaster victims in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Operations Plan. The CEOP was developed in order to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of the community.
The CEOP is an essential component of the WFBMC Emergency Management Program administered by the Safety Department

Our animals used research and teaching

In the event of a disaster, the WF Animal Resources Program (ARP) of WFBMC is responsible for the emergency management of these animals.

WF Animal Program Disaster Planning Documents

ARP Disaster plan in eIACUC

WF Animal Program Disaster Command Center and Response Teams

The ARP command center

  • Is lead by the ARP Disaster Recovery Commander
  • May be subject to directives by local, state or federal officials, such as the local police department/ rescue services, fire marshal, and National Guard or other authoritative services
  • Is responsible for developing the resources for emergency management of our animals, including managing the animals in an actual crisis, coordinating with WF Security, and communicating with faculty and staff.
  • Will manage the animal program’s resources during disasters that affect one or more animal facilities.
  • Is prepared to respond to any disaster affecting research animals, regardless of whether resources or circumstances permit an effective or adequate response by the affected animal program.
  • Will provide direction and resources to the ARP Response Teams for the entire university, depending on the extent of the disaster.

The ARP Response Teams

  • Response Teams are comprised of experienced personnel lead by an Animal Resources Coordinator in charge of two groups, an ARP Animal Recovery and Relocation Group and an ARP Care Team
  • The Animal Resources Coordinator will be the first person contacted by the ARP Command Center on the ARP Response Team. The Animal Resources Coordinator will report to the Command Center from the disaster site on the state of staffing and facilities (physical plant, power, feed, bedding, water, relocation needs, etc.). The Animal Resources Coordinator will activate additional members of the ARP Response Teams as needed.
  • Based on this information, the ARP Disaster Recovery Commander will categorize the seriousness of the event.
  • The ARP Animal Recovery and Relocation Group (ARP ARRG) will assist in identification of needed resources for housing animals affected by the incident in other available facilities or alternative sites and in the relocation of the animals to those locations.
  • The ARP Animal Care Team (ARP ACT) will assist in triage, treatment and/or euthanasia of animals as required and as determined appropriate by the type of incident.
  • Both the ARRG and the ACT will assist with the rescue and recovery of animals which have escaped or been released as a result of the incident.

Emergency Management

  • The ARP Disaster Recovery Commander will continually evaluate and manage the response in coordination with Animal Resources Coordinators.
  • The ARP Disaster Recovery Commander may recall the ARP Response Team from the disaster site as appropriate to organize the recovery, manage resources university-wide, or for the safety of personnel.
  • The ARP Disaster Recovery Commander has the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of the Wake Forest animal(s) up to and including euthanasia of animals.

How do I contact the ARP Command Center?

  • ARP Emergency Communication and Command via WFBMC Security 6-9111 Heightened Awareness Committee

This committee is administered by the WFSM office of research to assist the Dean’s office in two key areas that support the animal research enterprise: crisis management and education/outreach. With regard to crises, this group is responsible for preparedness against security threats to personnel from animal-rights extremists, to protect facilities against break-ins and vandalism, and to protect the reputation of the WF and WFBMC as respected academic research institution that maintains the highest standards for animals in our care. Contact the Director of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee for more information.

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