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If you are free Wednesday, June 15th at 9:00am and/or 1:00pm, the Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments could use your help!
On June 15, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) will test the ability of the state public health system to receive and distribute medicine and medical supplies during a public health emergency. In the event of an emergency severe enough to cause local medical supplies to run out (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake, etc.), the State can request what is called the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The SNS is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items. The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency.
The exercise will simulate an anthrax release. Numerous local health departments and hospitals across the state will simulate receiving the SNS supplies and dispensing medicine to people who have volunteered to act as the public coming to pick up medicine.
As part of the exercise, Bureau, Putnam and Marshall County Health Departments will receive shipments of medical supplies and simulated medications, sort them and redistribute them to points of distribution where they will practice dispensing the simulated medication to volunteers.
Volunteers are needed to participate in the exercise in the role of citizens needing to receive the medication. Depending on the number of volunteers at each site, they may be asked to repeat the process a few times in order to give the health departments sufficient numbers to measure the time needed and ability to dispense to large numbers of people.
The public points of distribution will be
at Henry-Senachwine High School in Henry, Illinois beginning at 9:00am on Wednesday, June 15th and
at Putnam County High School in Granville beginning at 1:00pm on Wednesday, June 15th.
Volunteers may be needed for up to ninety minutes.
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