San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) and other local emergency planners, responders, and volunteers will be participating in a three-day full-scale Public Health Emergency Dispensing exercise to test the community’s response procedures during a health crisis. The exercise is planned for June 15-17, 2017. Local agencies have customized the exercise to focus on specific strengths and gaps prioritized by the community and the state. Response plans will be used to practice emergency processes and help identify training needs, best practices and areas for emergency preparedness improvement.

As partners participate together, community networks are strengthened and new resources are discovered for health in disasters and day-to-day operations.

Exercises create a safe place for individual agencies to practice and integrate their current plan with the state’s response system and to test how effective the collective response to a health threat will be. This exercise will engage partners in responding to a hypothetical disease outbreak and will specifically test:

  • resource distribution and dispensing
  • information sharing
  • the ability to coordinate among multiple emergency operations centers

If media are interested in participating in this exercise as media, or would like more information, please contact Claire Ninde at (970)335-2044. Local emergency response agencies always look to foster partnerships with local media before an emergency response is needed. Follow @SJBPublicHealth for exercise updates and information.