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District 4 Public Health - EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

The Office of Emergency Preparedness ensures our community is prepared for natural disaster, disease outbreaks and bioterrorist attacks. District 4 provides the community with awareness, education and instruction for the proper preparation and response for these public health emergencies. We also partner with local, state and federal agencies, businesses, community-based organizations, educational institutions, health care organizations and emergency management services to develop effective strategies and operational plans to protect the public in case of these emergencies.

Strategic National Stockpile

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) provides potentially lifesaving medication when local resources are running out during a public health emergency that requires medication or vaccines to prevent disease. The lifesaving medication is distributed by Open Points of Distribution (POD) or Closed Points of Distribution (POD). Open POD sites which are open to the public and can be in a parking lot, school, or another large area. Closed POD sites are private locations where an organization provides the medication for free to their employees and their families.

Closed POD Partners

To enroll as a Closed Point of Distribution (POD) Partner, complete this form and submit via its instructions.

How PODs are used:

  • PODs may be drive-thru or walk-thru.
  • PODs are set up to provide medicines or vaccines that will prevent disease to the public.
  • PODs are NOT for treatment if someone is already sick.

PODs provide medicines like:

  • Antibiotics (bacteria)
  • Antivirals (virus)
  • Vaccines

It is important to only get medicines from official sources. Find out what, when and where PODs are opening and what YOU need to bring by following trusted news sources.

Preparing for Disaster

Natural disasters

Man-made disasters

Recovering From Disaster

Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps of West Georgia is a local group of citizen volunteers who make their communities stronger, safer and better prepared to respond to emergencies.

The Medical Reserve Corps may be called upon for:

  • Assisting with receiving and distribution of medical supplies and equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile
  • Staffing vaccine clinics
  • Providing medical care in alternate care facilities, in the event that the hospital infrastructure is damaged or overwhelmed

To become a volunteer with the Medical Reserve Corps of West Georgia, apply here. For more information, visit the Medical Reserve Corps website or call 706.350.0281.