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ACHD TRCPA Update 2009. Tom Mangan Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager. Public Health Preparedness. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Administered by the PA Department of Health (PA DOH)

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achd trcpa update 2009

ACHD TRCPA Update2009

Tom Mangan

Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager

public health preparedness
Public Health Preparedness
  • Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
      • Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)
  • Administered by the PA Department of Health (PA DOH)
      • Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP)
      • Bureau of Community Health Systems (BCHS)
  • Directed locally by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD)
strategic national stockpile
Strategic National Stockpile
  • CDC Asset
      • Depository of medicines, antidotes, medical supplies and medical equipment
      • Access to vendor managed supplies
  • Ready for rapid deployment
      • Initial “Push Pack” can arrive within 12 hours of the federal government’s decision to release it (requires an official request from the state)
sns components
SNS Components
  • 12 Hour Push Pack
    • 50 tons of ready-to-go, stockpiled medical materiel
      • Occupies 5000 square feet of storage space
      • Fits in a jumbo jet or in 7 or 8 tractor trailers
      • Will be delivered to a state’s predetermined Receive, Store, Stage site (RSS)
      • Local Points of Dispensing (PODs) will receive shipments from the RSS
  • Managed Inventory
    • Larger quantities of medical materiel
      • Shipped directly from vendors to RSS or specified sites
points of dispensing pods
Points of Dispensing (PODs)
  • Non-medical sites that have been pre-planned to be used for Mass Antibiotic Dispensing or Mass Vaccination
      • In Allegheny County, mostly public high schools
  • Scalable to the size of the event
      • Worst case: provide medical countermeasures to the entire population in 48 hours
      • Other cases: flu vaccination campaign (at the option of the local emergency management or public health officials)
community pods
Community PODs
  • Concepts of Operation
      • Operated by Health Department and local community
      • Staffing augmented by Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
    • Mass Antibiotic Dispensing (BT scenario)
      • Head of Household/Household Representative
        • Can pick up for family members
        • Reduces number of people reporting to POD
    • Mass Vaccination
      • For practical reasons, everyone receiving a vaccination needs to be there in person
      • For H1N1, at the option of local emergency management and public health officials
closed pods
Closed PODs
  • First Responder PODs
    • Operated by First Responder Agencies
      • Process to provide medication to members of essential services involved in the overall response, and to their families
      • Allows responders to focus on critical response activities
closed pods1
Closed PODs
  • Large Employer PODs
    • Operated by Employer (health services)
      • Process to provide medication to employees and families of large employers
      • Provides large employers a means to minimize disruption of critical operations
      • Reduces demand on Community PODs

Forms Distribution

and Completion

Forms Screening

Detailed Screening &


Assisted drug





Form CollectionAnd Exit Education

Medical Staff

Line Staff

Entrance to POD


closed pods2
Closed PODs
  • Large Employers or First Responders
    • Medical Direction (Employee Health)
    • Receive, manage, and distribute supplies
    • Perform required screening
      • based on the medicine being provided (allergies, health conditions, etc.)
      • Employees and their Family Members
    • Submit order totals for each medicine/vaccine to health officials
      • For instance: H1N1 Provider Registration by PA DOH
closed pods3
Closed PODs
  • Planning
      • Overall Process, Dispensing/Vaccination Sites, Personnel/Staffing
  • Communication and Education
  • Training and Exercising
      • Validate plan
      • Revise / improve plan
h1n1 interim advice
H1N1 Interim Advice
  • Stay informed :
  • Practice non-pharmaceutical interventions
      • Hand hygiene
      • Good housekeeping
      • Screening (self-screening) for influenza like illness
  • Consider vaccination
      • Seasonal Flu (available now)
      • H1N1 (when available)
for more information
For More Information

Allegheny County Health Department



Tom Mangan