(Douglasville, GA) – On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with The City of Douglasville, Douglas County and Douglas County EMA, will be conducting a Strategic National Stockpile Full-Scale Point of Dispensing (POD) Public Health Training Exercise.  It will take place at Arbor Place Mall on Douglas Boulevard and will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m.

The POD Training Exercise is designed to test the team’s ability to set-up stations quickly and efficiently in order to distribute medication or vaccinations to the community during a public health emergency.  Residents are encouraged to attend by driving through the POD to gain an understanding of what they would need to do in the event of a real emergency. If anyone is interested in participating in the drive-thru please sign up at emaexercise@gmail.com.

“The purpose of this exercise is to make sure the joint agencies have a plan in place and are prepared to respond when tragic situations arise,” said Leticia Mathis, Deputy Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response, CDPH. “We have been planning, practicing and preparing for this type of scenario for several years, and we have a plan in place that we believe will address the needs of this community.”

The exercise is a timed event and is expected to conclude by 11:30 a.m.  Douglas Boulevard will be closed between Rooms-to-Go and the Olive Garden restaurant between the hours of 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Media is invited to attend a press conference prior to the exercise, beginning at 8:15 a.m.  Mayor Harvey Persons, Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Worthan and CDPH Deputy Director Lisa Crossman will be available to answer questions.