Exercise Benefits / Facts
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s – Hampden County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coalition undertook an initiative to design, conduct and evaluate an exercise entitled “Outbreak Anarchy – An Emergency Dispensing Site Tabletop Exercise”.
This exercise served as an opportunity for local public health agencies to assess their ability to establish, manage and demobilize an Emergency Dispensing Site (EDS) in response to a Phase 6 Influenza Pandemic.
During the exercise public health staff and management along with their public health partners worked together as a unified team to meet the challenges associated with dispensing antiviral drugs to community residents.
An outbreak of unusually severe respiratory illness is identified in a small village in southern China. Over the next 45 to 60 days the outbreak becomes a devastating Phase 6 Influenza Pandemic effecting communities throughout the United States.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) release the antiviral drugs contained within the Strategic National Stockpile.
The Outbreak Anarchy Tabletop Exercise was held in the morning of November 18, 2014 in Chicopee Massachusetts.
This exercise is an example of the kind of exercises that comprise the nationwide Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative. This initiative provides meaningful exercise opportunities for America’s health system.