Fairfax County and Region Test Health Emergency Response

News release from Fairfax Emergency Services

Fairfax County — along with jurisdictions in West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — will participate in a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack.

The four-day regional exercise began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday, July 20. As part of the exercise, each jurisdiction will test their ability to establish a Point of Distribution (POD) for the dispersal of medication.

As part of Fairfax County’s exercise, our Health Department will be testing a simulated medication dispensing site on Friday, July 19, from 10 a.m. – noon at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke.

Although no actual medications will be handed out at the POD, our public health staff and volunteers will go through the same procedures and protocols that they would use to dispense medications in a real disaster.

Residents and visitors in the area of the school may see increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic as health and public safety staff, along with several hundred volunteers, participate.

Watch this video to get a better idea of what a POD is like.