Central NH Public Health Region to Conduct Mass Dispensing Mobilization Exercise in Lincoln today

LINCIOLN — The Central New Hampshire Public Health Region will conduct Operation POD Mobilization; taking place at Lin-Wood Junior/Senior High School today at 10 a.m.
Participants will include members of the Lincoln and Woodstock Police Department, Fire Department, Emergency Management and the Health Officer. Additionally, volunteers from the Pemi- Baker Medical Reserve Corps, Greater Franklin-Bristol Medical Reserve Corps, and representatives from the State of New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
"The Central New Hampshire Health Partnership is proud to bring this important emergency exercise to the Town of Lincoln for the first time," say Donna Quinn, regional public health coordinator for Central NH. "Operation POD Mobilization will test the readiness of this regional point of dispensing location—The Lin-Wood Junior/Senior High School— which is a designated regional facility that would be utilized in the event the need arose to provide mass prophylaxis such as was the case with the H1N1 pandemic of 2009-2010."
This important public health exercise will test the command and control, facility set up, and the ability to coordinate staff from several different area agencies. The following communities/ agencies have accepted an invitation to take part in this event: Town of Lincoln, Town of Woodstock, Town of Ashland, Town of Bristol, Town of Campton, Speare Memorial Hospital, Plymouth State University, Greater Franklin-Bristol Public Health Region, Pemi-Baker Community Health, State of NH Emergency Services Unit, and the State of NH Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the Grafton County Sheriff's Department Communications Division.