In the event of a large-scale health emergency, CU Boulder will distribute medication to the campus community through a Point of Dispensing (POD) event. A POD is activated in the event of a natural disaster, deliberate act of terrorism, or pandemic event where it is necessary to provide mass prophylaxis to the CU community, including faculty, staff, students, and their families.
On Friday, June 16, 2017, CU will participate in a state-wide Public Health Emergency Dispensing Exercise to identify gaps and areas for improvement in our emergency planning. Local and state agencies will host similar events throughout Colorado.
This preparedness exercise is hosted by CU's Division of Emergency Management and Wardenburg Health Services.
We are seeking students, staff, faculty and community members to volunteer to help us practice!
One-hour volunteer shifts are available for our walk-up location in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom and our drive-through location on east campus.
Volunteers will be entered to win Colorado Buff memorabilia and gear and other giveaways, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, lanyards, CU-branded golf gear, free bowling passes, and meal cards!
POD stands for “Point of Dispensing” or what is essentially a medication dispensing center during a public health event. Communities organize POD exercises to test how people would respond to a large-scale public health event such as a flu pandemic or natural- or human-caused event, and how it would move quickly to dispense critical medication to thousands of community members affected by a specific health hazard. Similar POD exercises will occur around Colorado on the same day, and local, city, state and federal agencies will work closely together to ensure their success by providing consistent public messaging and standardized procedures.
Wardenburg Health Services and CUPD Events and Emergency Management along with several other CU departments have worked closely with Boulder County Public Health to prepare for this exercise. Our goal is to practice our emergency preparedness skills through simulated PODs at two campus locations. We will have a walk-up POD at the University Memorial Center (UMC) Glenn Miller Ballroom for people who are on foot and a drive-up POD on our East Campus for individuals driving vehicles.
Volunteers will be go through either location to help CU Boulder staff practice various skills for screening medical information, dispensing medications and managing traffic flow. The purpose of this exercise is to get people familiar with the process and what they would really have to do in the event of an actual public health event.
This POD exercise will be open to the public from 9 – 11 a.m. on the morning of Friday, June 16, 2017. In the event of an actual public health event, a POD might be in operation for several days depending on the severity of the situation.
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