Emergencies and disasters can occur anywhere at any time. This includes public health emergencies or crises. A key component to getting through these tough and taxing situations is preparedness and planning. For this reason, the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety (DMAPS), working with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, has undertaken oversight of a pilot Closed Point of Dispensing Program for Capitol Complex State employees and their households.
A Closed Point of Dispensing (also referred to as a Closed POD), is a specified secure location where medications are dispensed to a specific group of people. In the event of a public health emergency, the Capitol Complex will serve as the Closed POD location for Capitol Complex employees and their families to obtain needed medications. Specifically, the Closed POD will encompass the area located between Kanawha Boulevard, Elizabeth Street, Piedmont Road, and Michigan Avenue.
TWO IMPORTANT NOTES:
Establishing a Closed Point of Dispensing Program (Closed POD) has a number of benefits, including:
Each of these benefits will assist the State with maintaining both its ability and continuity to provided needed services.