LLIS Lesson Learned: Points of Dispensing: Ensuring Site Security   [open pdf - 43KB]

"On October 17 -- 18, 2007, the Oklahoma State Department of Health sponsored the Region 5 Mass Immunization and Prophylaxis Strategy full-scale exercise (FSE). The FSE simulated a potential influenza epidemic that involved 21,000 people manifesting influenza-like symptoms. The FSE included 464 state and local agency participants from 6 counties in the southeastern region of Oklahoma. The FSE tested participating agencies' ability to receive assets from the Strategic National Stockpile and to deliver mass prophylaxis to a community through the use of a newly approved POD site. County clinics administered 5,191 immunizations during the FSE, utilizing an area command for the first time in a public health exercise. […] The FSE after-action report recommends that POD personnel conduct a security sweep to secure any unlocked doors prior to the start of POD operations. This will limit access to the POD site and will allow for the safe and secure establishment of operations. The FSE after-action report also recommends that security personnel control access to the ICP by checking the identification of all personnel entering and leaving. POD security personnel should conduct security sweeps and should check the identification of anyone entering or exiting the POD's ICP. This can help to ensure security for both staff members and clients."

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