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Measles POD Exercise

Exercise Overview

Exercise Benefits / Facts

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County undertook an initiative to design, facilitate and evaluate an exercise entitled “Measles POD – A Point of Dispensing Tabletop Exercise”.

This exercise served as an opportunity for personnel from agencies, departments and organizations with lead or support responsibilities for Point of Dispensing operations to assess their ability to effectively and efficiently establish, manage and demobilize a POD in response to a severe measles outbreak.

During this exercise participants worked together as a unified team to meet the challenges associated with dispensing pharmaceuticals to county residents.

Exercise Scenario

Day 1 – Saturday – May 7 – 9:53AM

During the first full weekend of May churches from across the region come together to host the first annual “Season of Hope Youth Rally” in Palm Coast.

Over the next two days, rally participants will take part in a wide variety of engaging activities.

Day 2 – Sunday – May 8 – 5:00PM

At the conclusion of the rally everyone gathers for one last time to participate in the rally’s Closing Ceremony.

Following the Closing Ceremony, rally organizers meet to evaluate the two days of fun and fellowship. Organizers are very pleased that 1,347 young people and their parents participated in the two day event.

Day 4 – Tuesday – May 10 – 11:17AM

Over the past five hours numerous individuals have been arriving at area hospitals, urgent care centers and primary care providers with “flu-like” symptoms (high fever, chills, fatigue and persistent coughs).

Exercise Conclusion

The Measles POD Tabletop Exercise was held in the morning of June 5, 2015, in Bunnell Florida.

Caduceus Shield Exercise Initiative
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.