DOH NEWS RELEASE: Department of Health practices mass distribution of medications in a (simulated) public health emergency

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in Latest News

WHAT:            Hawaii State Department of Health and partner agencies conduct a full-scale exercise to test disaster response readiness for situations requiring rapid distribution of medication to the population.

The training scenario includes a simulated activation of the U.S. Strategic National Stockpile of medicine and medical supplies, which is can be requested to supplement state and local resources during a public health emergency severe enough to exhaust local supplies.  A Point of Distribution (POD) will be set up and opened to quickly distribute (mock) medicine to pre-registered public participants.

WHEN:            Thursday, April 28, 2016

                        10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Neal S. Blaisdell Center

777 Ward Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96814

WHO:              500+ community volunteer “actors,” public health, emergency management, law enforcement, medical, transportation, security, warehouse, military, business, non-profit, and other public and private sector partners

CONTACT:     Judy Kern, Public Health Preparedness Branch

(808) 587-6372, judy.kern@doh.hawaii.gov