WHITTIER – Since receiving a grant from the Department of Homeland Security a year ago, Whittier Police Department has been planning its emergency response strategies. The department decided on a customized police trailer fitted with everything officers will need to work away from their headquarters. Last week, the City Council approved spending a $260,000 Department of Homeland Security grant on a “mobile emergency response vehicle.” The city will house the vehicle, but will share the cost and use of it with eight other nearby cities. Whittier is part of a nine-city area that will share the emergency vehicle. The area includes Montebello, South Gate, Vernon and Downey. “The grant was so states can build up communications, planning, equipment or training of law enforcement personnel in the event of a terrorist attack in their community,” Agen said. “It can be used to prepare against any kind of catastrophic event or disaster.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe trailer will have surveillance cameras, a command and control area, computers, desks, group meeting and planning areas and a system that will allow multiple agencies to talk on one radio frequency. Sgt. Aviv Bar said he expects the trailer to be finished by January 2007. The grant was meant for communities to “build their anti-terrorism preparedness,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jarrod Agen said. “It can be used in an earthquake, or during regional events like demonstrations or labor disputes,” Bar said. “The advantage is that our resources will be right there. You can operate in the field.” When the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs Association met in August, they decided on consolidating the state grant to purchase these vehicles in county areas.