UH College of Nursing Puts Skills to the Test During Bioterrorism Attack Drill

Nursing Students to Learn Protocol at an Emergency Site

Getting prepared: UH College of Nursing students will respond to a simulated bioterrorism attack in which the disease anthrax is released in the air

The University of Houston College of Nursing, along with Fort Bend County Health & Human Services’ Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program, will conduct an exercise responding to a bioterrorism attack in which the disease anthrax is released in the air.

This exercise will simulate operations at a Point of Dispensing (POD) site, a location that could be used to distribute medications to the public in the event of a health emergency. PODs can be activated during public health emergencies like disease outbreaks (such as pandemic flu) or bioterrorism disasters.

The goal of this exercise is for the 70 participating UH nursing students to learn how a POD operates from the perspective of both a POD visitor and a staff member, what needs may arise for pediatric clients and other community members, and how nursing students could potentially help respond to a real‐world public health emergency where PODs are activated.  

The state-of-the-art facilities at the UH College of Nursing are designed to become a hospital in the case of a community emergency.   

UH College of Nursing POD Exercise

WHEN:           9 a.m.- 3p.m., Wednesday, May 1

WHERE:         Fort Bend County Fairgrounds Club Room, 4310 TX-36, Rosenberg TX 77471