Emergency Management, First Responders Practice “Drive-through” Distribution of Medicine
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – First responders crowded the athletic field parking lot at Lehman High School in Kyle November 2 to practice emergency distribution of medication that would be necessary in a public health emergency or chemical attack.
Participating agencies and volunteers practiced triaging the drive-through volunteers to determine whether they needed to be sent on to a hospital or given medication (in this case, a packet of candy) and logged the results as each citizen went through various check points.
“We appreciate Hays CISD and Lehman High School allowing us to hold this drill in their parking lot,” Kharley Smith, County Emergency Management Coordinator, said. “This exercise is a critical step in ensuring we can distribute medications to people should there be a countywide outbreak of a disease or chemical attack.” The scenario is known as a Point of Distribution (POD) exercise and could be used to put medication, water, food, or other necessary supplies into the public’s hands quickly and efficiently while assessing citizen health needs.
Hays County Emergency Management staff members were joined by the County’s Local Health Department and first responders from Kyle, San Marcos and Wimberley, Hays County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT), Texas State University Emergency Management, Hays CISD staff, the Department of State Health Services, Texas State University Medical Explorers and numerous local business partners.
Elsira De Leon, Amelia Flores, Josie Gonzales and Wilma Lewter, NCMA, of the County’s Local Health Department, review the health assessment of a volunteer participant at a Point of Distribution drill at the Lehman Athletic Field parking lot. The exercise tests the ability to distribute medicine, water, food or other needed supplies in the event of a health-related emergency.