What is POD?
POD is the acronym for Point of Dispensing. It is the collaboration of the South Dakota Department of Health and Department of Emergency Management. This specific group is organized to take care of the general public in a large scale health emergency, like an epidemic virus or disease. The purpose is to serve two counties, Clay and Union, but we would treat any citizen who arrived. It is assumed that people who live in more urban areas may seek rural PODs for their medications. The goal of the Clay-Union POD is to treat 20,000 citizens within 48 hours of the POD being notified of need. Our primary site of dispensing the medication or vaccination is currently the Dakota Dome but will move to the new Sanford Coyote Sports Complex once it is completed. The Vermillion High School can be used as a secondary site if needed.
Since we formed, we have used the POD only once, in 2009 for the H1N1 vaccinations. For that event, we used the secondary site at the Vermillion High School. We exercise the POD, running full scale events to keep the overall plan up to date. In 2016 we will be running an exercise with the Strategic National Stockpile. The federal government will deliver simulated medications to the state which in turn will be delivered to Vermillion. At that time the POD will open and dispense the simulates to the public.
We try to keep 21 members in our Health Alert Network, so that we can set up and run a POD for 48 hours. Typically these people are in some function of health and safety in our counties or employed by USD but The public is also invited to be part of the Key 21. Credentialing is done through the SERV SD registry, found on the South Dakota Department of Health website: www.doh.sd.gov; found at the bottom of the page. If you register with the volunteer site SERV SD, please let Grace know. The POD is always looking for people willing and able to be part of our Key 21.
If you have any comments or questions, please call or email Grace Freeman. Thank you so much for your interest and willingness to help!
Grace Freeman, RN
Clay Union POD Coordinator
Cell: 670-0540 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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