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Public health workers prepare for possible emergencies Thursday

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Alabama public health experts took part in a full-scale exercise to prepare for possible emergencies requiring medication distribution.

The Alabama Department of Public Health organized this event, which took place at Tarrant High School Thursday.

The exercise focused on operating a Point of Dispensing Site, or a POD.

The POD is designed to distribute medications to the mass public in Alabama during a man-made or natural emergency.

"This exercise will allow us to test the plans we have in place to protect the public in the event a disease outbreak, terrorist attack or other emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out occurs," said Wanda Heard, Public Relations Coordinator for Jefferson County Health Department. "We want to ensure that medicine and medical supplies are delivered in time to be effective."

Jefferson County is one of the state’s 7 Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) counties.

CRI counties are part of a federal funded program designed to help prepare in the nation’s bigger metropolitan statistical areas.

The exercise is a collaborative effort with federal and state partners including Public Health, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Marshals Service, Alabama State Capitol Police, Alabama Marine Police and the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
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