Prince George’s County POD Exercise Series

The Prince George’s County Health Department (PGCHD) hosted a series of exercises designed to test the County’s Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) plan in early April. The three exercises simulated the non-medical model for the organization, staff, material, and coordination necessary to ensure that the County can respond to a biological attack, such as smallpox or aerosolized anthrax, affecting a vast majority of the population.

The first exercise was a tabletop exercise to provide background information about the event and required discussion of activities based on a scenario developed by the CHHS Exercise and Training team, along with CHHS Law and Policy Analyst Christine Gentry. The second exercise included testing of medication distribution at a Closed POD for the Prince George’s Police, Fire, and Health Departments. The Closed POD exercise included Battalion Chiefs and District Commanders as well as distribution to the County’s twelve health department facilities. The final exercise was a full scale exercise at Largo high school with more than 200 participants, which simulated and tested the set-up of an Open POD by County personnel to distribute medication to volunteers posing as citizens.

This text is taken from the CHHS Spring 2015 Newsletter

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