The federal government has set up a national stockpile of medical countermeasures as preparation for situations such as anthrax outbreak, bioterrorism, H1N1, etc. Though unlikely, if such a situation were to occur, these medicines would be made available at strategic locations within our community.
Orange County has an emergency plan in effect, as preparation for such a situation. Staff and volunteers will open a point of distribution, from which administration of medication will take place. At this P.O.D., citizens of Orange County, not affected by contagion, can receive medicine for themselves and their respective families.
Any person that has been affected will not be allowed within the P.O.D. These people should report to the hospital or their health care provider.
In the event of such an emergency, the Orange County Health Department will provide information regarding the P.O.D. location. This will be provided through as many lines of communication as possible. These will include, but not be limited to, this web page, radio broadcast, radio station websites, newspapers, newspaper websites, T.V. news, etc.
Calling the Health Department during an emergency as such is not recommended, as the staff will have relocated to the P.O.D. Please refer to this webpage, if internet access is available. A map and driving directions will be posted to this site, as soon as the decision is made to open the P.O.D.
Volunteers will be needed to assist with the various duties involved in the distribution of medicine to uninfected citizens. If you are interested in volunteering, you can download and print an application here. This can be returned via post or in person, to the Orange County Health Department. Please refer any questions to John Kennedy at the number (812) 723-7112 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.