Volunteers Needed for Emergency Exercise July 19 

Help Arlington County be prepared for a public health emergency.  

The County is seeking volunteers to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, July 19, Arlington will join 24 jurisdictions around the region in hosting a Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise. Arlington’s event, administered by Arlington County Public Health, will be held at the Aurora Hills Community Center (735 18th St. S) where volunteers will travel through a simulated medication dispensing site.

This is only an exercise; no actual disease-causing agents will be involved in any phase of this exercise. No actual medications or medical care will be provided. Although no actual medications will be handed out, public health staff and volunteers will go through the same procedures and protocols that they would use to dispense medications in a real disaster.

People of all ages, including parents with young children, people with disabilities, college students and faculty, scouts, community groups, seniors, members of faith-based communities, corporate employees and the public are encouraged to participate and register in advance. No special training or experience is needed. Participants should allow for 30 minutes for the exercise, and are welcome to show up anytime in the two-hour window.

For more information or to ask questions, contact Susan Skidmore, DHS’ Local Health Emergency Coordinator, at [email protected].  

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