Volunteers Needed to Better Prepare Public Health for a Disaster
On June 14, 2016 the UW Parkside Fieldhouse will be transformed into a mock mass clinic. The Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth County Health Departments will be putting the public health emergency plans to the test. Specifically, the drill will test the organization of the patient flow through the mass clinic, staffing levels and job functions for meeting the needs of the population.
It will never be known when the next major disaster will strike, or how severe it will be. That is way it is so important to plan ahead for such an event. Every year the Public Health Departments plan a mock mass clinic exercise. As the saying goes, Practice makes perfect. The purpose of these types of drills is to identify all the gaps in the current disaster plans and correct them before the real thing happens.
This year the exercise will take place in Kenosha County. The objective of the drill is to medicate victims that were present during a pretend anthrax outbreak at one of the areas resorts.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to ensure plans and protocols are in place to provide medication during a public health emergency. Volunteers will be asked to play the role of victim (following a written script) as they go through the clinic process to receive simulated medication. Volunteers are needed between 10:30 – 11:30 AM on June 14th at the UW Parkside Fieldhouse. If you are interested in volunteering you can register at www.surveymonkey.com/r/BAT16.