Broome County Health Department to Conduct Emergency Point of Distribution Exercise

BINGHAMTON, NY - The Broome County Health Department is responsible for protecting and promoting the public health each and every day. One essential facet of public health is preparing for and responding to emergency situations that threaten the health of our community. Public Health emergency situations can range from a Communicable Disease Outbreak to a Bioterrorist Attack. In many cases, mass clinics – called Points of Distribution (PODs) – need to be set-up to rapidly provide medical countermeasures (e.g. Vaccination, Antibiotics, etc.) to combat the agent.

On Thursday, November 6, 2008 from 4:00pm-7:00pm the Broome County Health Department will be testing their Point of Distribution plan by distributing flu shots to our community's Emergency Services and Critical Infrastructure personnel and their household family members. The emergency exercise will take place in the West Gymnasium at Broome Community College.

Staff and volunteers from the Health Department will be utilizing an electronic system to register, screen, and track patients as they make their way through the clinic. Additional operational support will be provided by the Broome County Security Division, the Southern Tier Chapter of the American Red Cross, and Broome Community College personnel.

Note to Media: Media representatives are invited to attend the exercise on November 6th. While staff will certainly be made available to take questions/interviews all media representatives are respectfully asked to coordinate requests through the on-site Public Information Officer.

11/06/2008 - 12:00am