Health Department Volunteers - Point of Dispensing (POD)

The Department of Health is recruiting volunteers, over the age of 18, to assist in operating local Point of Dispensing (POD) sites for delivery of medications in certain public health emergencies or disasters

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Overview

For some types of emergencies, such as a bio-terrorist attack or public health pandemic, plans call for dispensing medication to all St. Louis residents within the first 48 hours. The Health Department is recruiting medical and non-medical volunteers to contribute their skills and expertise to assist community agencies in the operation of Point of Dispensing Sites (PODS) during emergencies.

Preparation

Non-Medical Professionals

  • Residents without medical training can receive training on dispensing medication or can volunteer to assist with administrative and other essential Point Of Dispensing support functions.

Medical Professionals

  • We encourage you to join our St. Louis City Medical Reserve Corps. In doing so, you will have the opportunity to receive orientation and training.
  • Medical Reserve Corps members and medical professionals are encouraged to register with ShowMeResponse.org [showmeresponse.org], Missouri's advanced registration of volunteer healthcare professionals database.

Instructions

Mail to:

Center for Health Information Planning & Research
City of Saint Louis Department of Health
Room 4050
1520 Market Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

Fees

None

What to Expect

Listed on the registrar as volunteer for POD in case of an emergency.

Additional Information

Additional Training Resources

Increase your capacity to volunteer with FEMA's Independent Study Program. These courses are not required but are strongly encouraged as they will help you make sense of how a POD is organized and how a POD will operate.

IS – 100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System [training.fema.gov]

IS – 200 – ICS for Singe Resources and Initial Action Incidents [training.fema.gov]

IS- 700 – National Incident Management System, an Introduction
[training.fema.gov]

What would volunteering in a POD be like?

Play the POD Game to find out what you might see when volunteering in a POD.

Contact

Department of Health and Hospitals

(314) 612-5100

1520 Market
Room 4051
St. Louis, Missouri 63103

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Contact the Department of Health and Hospitals

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