No - it has not happened yet, but just in case...
On Wednesday, 22nd of May, the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments hosted a tabletop exercise involving the intentional release of Anthrax into our community.
In response to this public health emergency, Point of Dispensing (POD) sites will open to provide life-saving medications to all residents.
To be successful, this operation will require the coordinated efforts of our entire community, including members of the healthcare coalition, mental health services, county emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services and volunteer organizations.
Elements discussed during the exercise included:
Leaders of different faiths worshiping in Gwinnett, Newton & Rockdale counties are key in helping save thousands of lives in our metro-Atlanta communities. These organizations can sign up to be a closed or hybrid POD organization that can administer life saving medications when a public health threat occurs.
Check out how the Sugar Hill Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints learned how to be a HYBRID POD last year.
Click this link if you are interested in exploring how your organization can learn how to dispense these life-saving medications in your congregation and possibly to your neighbors in the community.
Corazon Ketchem - Executive Director & Co-Founder of Noah's Ark & Co. (a 501c3 self-reliance and community resilience organization).