Public Health Needs Volunteers for April 29 Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Tuesday, April 19 2011


MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Office of Risk Management will partner with Public Health – Idaho North Central District to hold a Point of Dispensing emergency preparedness exercise on Friday, April 29.

It will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the university's Student Recreation Center, 1000 Paradise Creek St. in Moscow.

Public Health sets up PODs to distribute medicines or vaccines in public health emergencies, such as a serious communicable disease. In a POD exercise, public health employees and volunteers practice ways to deliver medicines and vaccines in a timely and organized manner. This exercise will help Public Health – Idaho North Central District determine how many people could be processed within a certain time period.

For the exercise, volunteers are needed to fill out a form, go through “dispensing lines” and receive either M&Ms or Skittles to simulate medicine. Participants may repeat the process as many times as they would like. Participants may receive free pizza slices, coupons to Denny's Allnighter restaurant on campus, photo opportunities with Joe Vandal and raffle opportunities to win a Vandal Survival Pack.

Parking for the event is in lot 107, immediately in front of the SRC; there is no general SRC user parking in this lot during the event. All Student Recreation Center user parking will be moved to the west lot, lot 108 on Rayburn Street, where no payment will be required on this day.

For more information, visit http://idahopublichealth.com/prepare/vandal-mass-dispensing-exercise/.
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