Medical Emergency Distribution System
What you should know about the medicines in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)
How you will get your medicine if the SNS is delivered to your area
The Town of Narragansett has several plans in place for receiving SNS medicine from the Department of Health and distributing it to all members of the community.
- In the event of a Medical Emergency Distribution, Narragansett will notify the community of the location and time of opening for its POD (point of dispensing).
- The Narragansett POD will be open to anyone who chooses to come and is not restricted to residents only.
- Any forms or paperwork will be available in advance and it is requested that you have them filled out before entering the POD site.
- Those Special Needs Populations that have already registered with the State Registry (Available Here) will have special instructions provided to them.
- Please remain calm and orderly at all times
- No pets are allowed in the POD
- Every effort will be made to keep families together
- Lines may be long and parking limited so carpooling is encouraged.
Community Preparation - 4 Steps
The RI Department of Health has outlined 4 simple steps that all patrons attending a POD should know!!
- Fill out your forms (or bring them already filled out!)
- Have your forms checked by staff
- Get your medication or vaccine
- Follow the signs to the Exit
It is that simple! After exiting the POD you should take your medication as directed and listen for further instructions from Narragansett EMA or RI Department of Health.
2013 Point of Dispensing Exercise
"Anthrax over the Bay"
March 30, 2013. Each year Narragansett EMA and other partners participate in various training exercises to ensure that if needed they can provide medications to residents in the event of an emergency. This years exercise titled "Anthrax over the Bay," simulated an exposure of the entire population in Rhode Island to Aerosol Anthrax during the 4th of July Holiday. Various Town departments converged on the POD site to practice setting up 48 hours of dispensing disease preventing medications.
Narragansett EMA will again be testing its plan for mass dispensing of medical countermeasures during a multi-jurisdictional exercise on February 27th. This exercise will involve the communities of Narragansett, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Jamestown all exercising their plans together at one point of dispensing. This scenario will ensure the ability of the communities to work together to provide an additional 50 day supply of antibiotics to the public who has been exposed to an infectious agent.
Volunteers are needed for the exercise to either participate as one of the POD staff or as mock patients attempting to pickup medical countermeasures for their families. If you are interested in participating please contact