Montgomery County Cities Readiness Initiative Full-Scale Exercise
Testing the Montgomery County Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Point of Dispensing (POD) procedures in the event of a bioterror attack, CHHS conducted a full-scale exercise on March 28, 2014 at Damascus High School. This exercise was the first full-scale field exercise in which the County activated and operated its CRI Plan – a plan to effectively dispense mass amounts of medication to the Montgomery County population using POD sites. More than 100 county employees and volunteers participated in the exercise, which focused on a public health emergency response plan that was largely written by CHHS staff members supporting the County’s health department. The field exercise followed a tabletop exercise CHHS developed to familiarize staff with the CRI Plan.
The CHHS Exercise and Training team worked with the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to create and evaluate the POD exercise. Local law enforcement also participated because the scenario involved evaluating traffic flow in and out of the designated dispensing areas, as well as how to handle potentially agitated or aggressive individuals.
This text is taken from the CHHS Fall 2014 Newsletter