The CU-Boulder Department of Public Safety – which includes the Emergency Management Division and Police Department – will be participating in a regional preparedness exercise on Thursday, March 21. The aim of the exercise is to examine the mechanisms, roadblocks and opportunities for large-scale distribution of necessary medications in the event of a national health emergency such as a natural pandemic.
“We have used this opportunity to examine communications protocols, inter-agency partnerships and distribution infrastructure,” said Lacey Croco, CU-Boulder’s Director of Emergency Management. “While we are practicing on a small scale here, it has led to important connections and discussions across our campus.”
In partnership with Boulder County Public Health (BCPH), CU-Boulder has agreed to set up point of distribution (POD) locations on our campus in the event the Center for Disease Control requires that medication from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) should be given to the community. By distributing medications for our faculty, staff, students and their families and households, we alleviate the burden on local care providers and community medical centers.
The drill will only be for Public Safety employees, and will help the department prepare for larger-scale exercises that may be conducted next year.
For more information about Emergency Management at CU-Boulder, contact Lacey Croco at firstname.lastname@example.org.