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Poughkeepsie Set To Stage Emergency Preparedness Exercise

The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health will hold a mock training drill on Tuesday.
The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health will hold a mock training drill on Tuesday. Photo Credit: anl.gov

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- In an effort to stay on top of responding to a large-scale medical emergency, the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health will conduct a practice drill on Tuesday, Feb. 28, and are looking for volunteers.

During the exercise, department employees and volunteers will simulate an infectious disease outbreak and evaluate the department’s ability to provide vaccines, antibiotics, and antitoxins in the event of a large-scale medical emergency.

“As part of our commitment toward becoming a healthier, safer, stronger county, we will be testing our ability to respond to an infectious disease outbreak,” said Margaret Hirst, acting DBCH commissioner.

Hirst said the department’s objectives will include effective communication, special needs accommodations and the provision of medications to affected individuals.

Currently, they are looking for at least 20 volunteers of all ages and abilities, to play the roles of Dutchess County residents exposed to an infectious disease.

“Our thanks to the many volunteers and our Medical Reserve Corps who will also be assisting us throughout the day,” Hirst added.

Individuals interested in volunteering should contact DBCH by Friday at HealthInfo@DutchessNY.gov or by calling (845) 486-3534.

The event will be held from 9:45 a.m. to noon at the Circle of Courage Learning Center, located at 160 Union St.

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