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Volunteers Needed for Public Health Exercise
March 25, 2013

(Independence, Mo.) Monday, March 25, 2013 – The Independence Health Department (IHD) is hosting a Regional Public Health Exercise on Thursday, April 11 and is seeking volunteer individuals and families to help prepare and train for a public health emergency.

The exercise will be held at Fire Station 7 located at 2206 Hub Drive (just south of Adventure Oasis Water Park). Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to act as recipients of mock medications in the dispensing process. The first 100 volunteers to arrive will receive a gift card to a local restaurant, along with a free public health supply kit.

“During a public health emergency the IHD may open temporary medication dispensing sites to quickly provide medication to the public,” Public Health Emergency Response Planner Andrew Carpenter said. “The goal of this exercise is to test and practice our dispensing system.”

IHD will be evaluating several functions of the emergency plan, including notification, alert and supply requests and transport; culminating with the delivery and dispensing of supplies.

For more information please contact the Independence Health Department at (816) 325-7185 or visit us online at www.independencemo.org/Health/.

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