Public Health Emergency Exercise

On the morning of Wednesday, May 4, the City-County Health Department (CCHD) will hold a Public Health Emergency Exercise to train staff and test the agency’s emergency plans. Some CCHD programs and services will be closed from 8am-12pm on Wednesday. Closed programs are: WIC, Immunizations and Environmental Health services. The Community Health Care Center’s Medical and Dental Clinics will remain open.

Almost 50 CCHD employees will be on-site at the MT ExpoPark, working at a Point of Dispensing Clinic (POD). The POD is one part of the Health Department’s plan for how it would respond to a wide spread public health emergency such as a bioterrorist attack or disease outbreak. The POD is where the public would go in the event of some types of emergencies to receive medication or vaccine. Community partners and volunteers will be present to serve as fictitous “patients” who are seeking medication.

“This exercise is one of many efforts we engage in to increase and encourage preparedness in our staff, our agency and our community,” says Alicia Thompson, CCHD’s Health Officer. She continues, “While we hope that this type of incident never occurs, we have to plan and be ready to respond if required. Additionally, our public health staff can build skills that are utilized in many of their daily job activities. Recent events in our world, nation and state remind us we need to be as prepared as possible to respond to large scale public health emergencies.”

Visit CCHD’s Emergency Preparedness section for more information on how you can prepare yourself and your family for emergency situations.