On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the City of El Cerrito and Contra Costa Health Services carried out an emergency-preparedness exercise at the El Cerrito Community Center.
Staff from Contra Costa Health Services, the Cities of El Cerrito and San Pablo, along with the American Red Cross, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, students from Pinole Valley High School Health Academy, DeAnza High School Health Academy and Contra Costa College, as well as other community groups and individuals participated in the exercise.
The exercise in El Cerrito practiced the delivery of emergency supplies and establishing a mock “point-of-dispensing” (POD) site. During the 2.5 hours the POD was operational, 870 mock doses of medication were distributed.
The City of El Cerrito thanks all of the agencies and individuals who helped make this exercise a success.
Training exercises such as these help the City and partnering agencies to plan for and be able to rapidly respond to disasters such as an earthquake, wildfire, hazardous material spill, or act of terrorism.
This exercise was part of ongoing collaboration by local health departments throughout the Bay Area to protect the public’s health. Other health departments and cities across the Bay Area also held drills this week to better prepare their communities in the event of a large scale health emergency. The regional exercise was organized by BAMPWG and is supported with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI).