The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) will host a medication dispensing exercise at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum as part of the McLean County Emergency Response Exercise Thursday, September 20.
The exercise will simulate the county’s response to a release of a biological agent at Illinois State University. Participants in the McLean County Emergency Response Exercise include the McLean County Disaster Council, McLean County Emergency Management Agency, Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University, PATH211, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, the Town of Normal, Illinois State University, and volunteers from RSVP, the McLean County Health Department Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the American Red Cross of the Heartland.
MCHD staff and MRC volunteers will set up a Point of Dispensing (POD) site at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington to distribute antibiotics to treat those purportedly exposed. The exercise will test the health department’s capacity to mobilize staff and community response partners in the event of a widespread public health emergency and also measure the amount of clients served in the allotted time period. Community volunteers will act as the population in need of antibiotics to treat purported exposure.
What: Emergency Medication Dispensing Exercise
Who: McLean County Health Department and Medical Reserve Corps
When: 1:30 to 3:20 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
Where: U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 101 South Madison St. Bloomington, IL 61701
Local media representatives intending to cover the medication dispensing exercise at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum are asked to register with MCHD Communication Specialist Kera Simon in advance. Media representatives should park in the parking garage located on the corner of Olive and Lee streets. Enter the coliseum from the parking garage and take the elevator to the second floor, or as directed by the signs in the elevator. Follow the signs that lead to the restaurant. Media representatives will be checked in and escorted through the POD site.
This activity is funded by the McLean County Health Department, in part by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This press release was originally released on September 14, 2012. To view the PDF, click MA_Full Scale Emergency Drill 2012.