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An Invitation to Participate in a Drill to Protect the Health of the Community

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An Invitation to Participate in a Drill to Protect the Health of the Community

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Have you ever wondered what would happen if there was a public health emergency in Ithaca and Tompkins County?  What if there was a disease that was spreading regionally and locally and life-saving medication had to be provided quickly – in a matter of hours – to protect everyone that lived and worked in Tompkins County? How would that happen?

The Tompkins County Health Department is preparing for just such an emergency. It is called a “point of dispensing” (POD) exercise. The Department designs plans and trains its staff for all types of emergencies that can affect the public’s health and this is one of them. The POD is an opportunity to put this emergency plan into practice.

On Tuesday, March 31, TCHD will test its capacity to dispense medications to at least 250 people in two hours.  To ensure the success of this emergency preparedness drill, the TCHD needs the help of the community and invites anyone who lives and works in Tompkins County to participate. Participants will go through the process of arriving at the site and receiving the (mock) medication for themselves and their household. This drill provides an opportunity for community members to learn about the role that the Health Department plays in an emergency and to be a Partner for a Healthy Community.

The drill will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the BOCES campus at 555 Warren Road between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Registration is required.

For more information and to sign up, contact Judith Zwillenberg at 607.274.6627 - pcintern3@tompkins-co.orgOR Nina Saeli at 607.274.6681 – nsaeli@tompkins-co.org. There will be pre- registration exchange of information needed prior to the event. This would occur in a real situation and is part of the drill.

Join us in the effort to protect our community.