Emergency preparedness exercise planned this weekend in Galveston County

Post Date:10/23/2019 3:34 PM

Galveston County Health District (GCHD) will participate in a Regional Medical Countermeasures Full-Scale Exercise Thursday, Oct. 24-Saturday, Oct. 26.

This exercise provides state and local officials with an opportunity to practice a coordinated response to a public health emergency that requires dispensing life-saving medications to people in Southeast Texas.

Residents may see large trucks accompanied by law enforcement vehicles at public schools and community buildings during the exercise. Blocker Middle School Gymnasium in Texas City is one of the designated points of dispensing.

An act of terrorism, infectious disease outbreak or major natural disaster may create a large-scale public health emergency that would require rapid access to large quantities of medicine and other medical supplies. The purpose of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is to distribute and dispense those items to the largest number of people in the least amount of time.

The SNS program maintains large stockpiles around the country so they can be delivered quickly to states and local communities in case of emergency.

Planning, training and exercising these emergency response plans will preserve and protect the health and lives of the citizens of Texas against a wide range of life-threatening risks.

Interviews will not be conducted and media will not have access inside the POD during the exercise. For more information on PODs, SNS and public health training, please contact Director of Communications Ashley Tompkins at 409-938-2211 or 409-354-5501.

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