The University of Miami will test its ability to respond to a significant public health emergency by conducting a drill of its new closed Point of Dispensing (POD) plan on Monday, September 17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Whitten University Center’s Flamingo Ballrooms. The POD plan is designed to efficiently distribute, in a limited timeframe, medication to all members of the University community and their families in the event of a health emergency.
In an effort to engage students, the exercise will incorporate a popular theme: zombies. The scenario, a part of “Zombie U” preparedness month, will entail an outbreak of the fictitious zombie-causing Solanum virus and the dispensing of Zombivir (Sour Patch Kids) and Fishivir (Swedish Fish) countermeasures.
Students, faculty, staff, and other members of the University community are encouraged to stop by and participate in the POD exercise. All participants will be entered into drawings for various prizes including emergency preparedness supplies.
The University of Miami’s Office of Emergency Management, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Health Department, Miami-Dade County Medical Reserve Corps-University of Miami Response Team, UHealth, the Miller School of Medicine, William Lehman Injury Research Center/TeleTrauma, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, will lead the exercise.
For more information, visit www.miami.edu/prepare or contact John Pepper, emergency manager, at 305-243-9466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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