Community Immunity Point of Dispensing Project

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What is a Public Health Emergency?

A public health emergency is the occurrence of an event that has a serious public health impact and requires immediate intervention. It is unusual or unexpected and will likely result in the spread of an infectious or hazardous agent to other persons, locations, or jurisdictions. It can be caused by bio terrorism, epidemic or pandemic disease, or a novel and highly fatal infectious agent or biological toxin that poses a substantial risk for a significant number of human fatalities or incidents of permanent or long-term disability.

Role of Health Departments in Emergencies:

  • Disease Surveillance
  • Inform Public About Health Issues
  • Provide Lab Services
  • Provide Shelter Inspections
  • Maintain Environmental Surety
  • Operate Points of Dispensing Sites or PODs

Local Planning Efforts:

The health department needs to have a plan in place to provide medication to 100% of the population within 48 hours of the disaster/event occurring and the request for medication being made. Medication will be dispensed through the use of sites known as Point of Dispensing (POD) Sites throughout the community. At PODs, individuals enter the site, fill out a registration from to receive their medication, have their form screening for correctness and have a determination made about what medicine they will receive, receive the specified medication, and exit the site. 

Some PODs are open to the general public and are thus referred to as Open PODs. Others, called Closed PODs, are held at private businesses or organizations and meant to serve that entity's population exclusively.

How you can get involved:

Whether you are a business that can host a Closed POD, a church or school willing to host an Open POD, or a volunteer, this website details how you can get involved with Emergency Planning and Preparedness within your community. As you can imagine, planning to provide prophylaxis to our entire population is no simple feat. We need YOUR help!