FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Fort Bend News) – The University of Houston College of Nursing, along with Fort Bend County Health & Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Preparedness program, will conduct an exercise responding to a bioterrorism attack in which the disease anthrax is released in the air. The exercise will tale place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds Club Room.
This exercise will simulate operations at a Point of Dispensing site, a location that could be used to distribute medications to the public in the event of a health emergency. PODs can be activated during public health emergencies like disease outbreaks (such as pandemic flu) or bioterrorism disasters.
The goal of this exercise is for the 70 participating UH nursing students to learn how a POD operates from the perspective of both a POD visitor and a staff member, what needs may arise for pediatric clients and other community members, and how nursing students could potentially help respond to a real‐world public health emergency where PODs are activated.
The state-of-the-art facilities at the UH College of Nursing are designed to become a hospital in the case of a community emergency.