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2018 Ansonia POD Exercise

On June 21, 2018, the Naugatuck Valley Health District completed a full-scale Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise. What is a POD? A POD is any of the locations to which the public is directed to obtain necessary drugs, vaccines, or supplies during a catastrophe or public health emergency. In this exercise, response to an anthrax attack that required mass prophylaxis was tested. NVHD would like to thank its Department of Emergency Management & Homeland Security (DEMHS) ESF #8 Healthcare Coalition Partners for providing mutual aid support for both POD workers/volunteers and equipment. 5 out of the 5 CT regions were represented!

Participation included representation from Local Health Departments, Medical Reserve Corps Units, Community Emergency Response Teams, EMS companies, the CT-Disaster Behavioral Health Response Network, State Agencies, a Dialysis Center, and more!

Special thanks to:
Ansonia Police Department, Ansonia Public Schools, Catham Health District, Central CT Health Department, CT Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, CT Department of Public Health, CT Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, Danbury Health & Human Services, DaVita Waterbury Dialysis, Echo Hose Ambulance, Naugatuck Community Emergency Response Team, Naugatuck Valley Health District, Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps, New Fairfield Health Department, New Haven Health Department, New Milford Health Department, Newtown Health District, Pomperaug District Health Department, Pomperaug Medical Reserve Corps, Quinnipiack Valley Health District, Ridgefield Health Department, Seymour Community Emergency Response Team, Stratford Health Department, Stratford Trumbull Monroe Medical Reserve Corps, Trumbull Health Department, Wallingford Health Department, Wallingford Medical Reserve Corps, Waterbury Health Department, Western CT Council of Governments, Westbrook Health Department, Westport-Weston Health District, and Yale New Haven Health Systems

More information about the exercise can be found in the Ansonia POD Exercise After Action Report 2018.