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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is a function of the City of Charlotte and County of Mecklenburg, assigned to the Charlotte Fire Department for day-to-day supervision. The Office of Emergency Management is responsible for planning, orchestrating, and coordinating the community's resources and efforts in preparation for, resp


Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature.


Biological agents are bacteria, viruses and toxins that can kill or incapacitate people, livestock and crops.

The threat of a biological attack results from the intentional release of germs or other biological agents. These biological agents, often invisible to the naked eye, can be inhaled, ingested or transferred through the skin and the results could be sickness or death.

Many biological agents, such as the smallpox virus, can also cause contagious diseases, which could be transferred from person to person.


An earthquake is the motion or trembling of the ground produced by a suddent displacement of rock in the Earth's crust.  Earthquakes can cause injury or death and property damage for hundreds of square miles and they impact the socio-economic functioning of the affected area.

While far less common than in other parts of the world, North Carolina has experienced a number of earthquakes over the past century. Some of these earthquakes have been fairly substantial in the damage they have caused.  However, most earthquake activity goes un-noticed.


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Flood hazards often result from severe thunderstorms, seasonal rains and other weather related conditions, including the remnants of a hurricane.

Areas in proximity to rivers or lakes are often at the greatest risk of flooding when the flow of rainwater is greater than the carrying capacity of natural drainage systems. Even if the flood water you encounter is below your knees, you need to be extremely cautious.


Deaths from fires and burns are the fifth most common cause of unintentional injury deaths in the United States (Center for Disease Control-Atlanta) and the third leading cause of fatal home injury. Many residential fire-related deaths remain preventable and continue to pose a significant public health problem.Smoke and toxic gases can be as deadly as heat and flames. Actually, the majority of people die or get injured in fires because of exposure to hazardous smoke and toxic gases and not actual burns.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office (CMEMO) is responsible for planning and executing the community's preparation, response, and recovery for all hazards or disasters - both natural and man-made.

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