Texas to Practice Medicine Distribution During Mock Emergency

HOUSTON, November 5, 2013 - The Texas Department of State Health Services hosted an exercise Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in the Houston area to test the ability of state and local partners to work together to provide medical supplies during an emergency.

The exercise focused on the distribution of medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile, a store of large quantities of medicine and other items that can be deployed quickly to help protect the public in an emergency.

Exercise activities included the movement of large trailers, law enforcement vehicles and volunteers across multiple sites in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Chambers and surrounding counties. These activities are for exercise purposes only and do not represent a real emergency.

Formally called the Regional Allocation, Dispensing, and Distribution Strategic National Stockpile Full-Scale Exercise, the event tested public health and hospital preparedness during a mock widespread public health emergency. The exercise included coordination with 19 regional and local health agencies, 50 hospitals and 17 dispensing sites.

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