Public Health Preparedness

What is Gloucester County doing to prepare for a public health emergency?  

Planning

Gloucester is one of 22 LINCS agencies (Local Information Network & Communication Systems) in New Jersey that is responsible for the distribution of life saving antibiotics and other medication in response to a disease outbreak, biological or chemical attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires LINCS agencies to develop plans to distribute this medication.

Training and Exercising

In order to test plan work, several drills/exercises are conducted each year which include the Office of Emergency Management, EMS, law enforcement, local healthcare facilities and more. An essential component involves Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Click the image below for more details.

Points of Dispensing (POD’s)

In Gloucester County, a POD is very similar to a flu shot clinic.  In an emergency, however, additional steps need to be taken to ensure the dispensing area is safe and secure for all residents.  Similar to a flu clinic, residents  will be asked to answer questions regarding allergies and existing medical conditions.  If the medication is dispensed is in pill form, one family member will be asked to pick up pills for the whole family.  Anyone assisting those with mobility or transportation limitations is encouraged to pick up medication for those individuals. 

First Responder & Closed POD Plans

Emergency plans are in place to distribute medications to First Responders. First Responders may include EMS, law enforcement, fire fighters and other essential personnel dependent upon the situation. Businesses and organizations that are interested in distributing medication to their employees and their families. can register to become a Closed POD.  

Are you ready to become a Closed POD partner? (Click on the brochure below)

What can I do to prepare for an emergency?

You need to take action to be prepared!  Simple steps like stockpiling food, water and medications make a big difference in managing your family during a crisis. Click the image below for more tips.





For questions regarding Public Health Preparedness programs contact:

Annmarie Ruiz
(856) 218-4131
aruiz@co.gloucester.nj.us