Both Public and Private Point of Dispensing (POD) sites play a vital role in the mass distribution of medication. A Public POD is set up for the general population in strategic locations throughout the community. Public PODs are operated by public health experts and volunteers. A Public POD involves the following activities:
Setting up and executing a mass medication dispensing operation to serve potentially exposed populations before they become symptomatic
Locating and coordinating the personnel to staff the dispensing operation
Providing the public with information about community efforts to protect them from the threat
Isolating symptomatic individuals and arranging to transport them to acute care facilities, if needed
Training and organizing Community Heroes volunteers to perform POD site functions
A Private POD is designated for specific groups that are pre-trained to dispense medications to their member populations. For instance, a Private POD may be used to protect first-responders in a emergency situation.
For More Information
Do you have questions or want more information on becoming a Private POD? Contact Karen McKinnis at (417) 864-1623.