The CRI Program
The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded program designed to increase bioterrorism preparedness in the nation's larger metropolitan areas. Oakland County is one of seven participating cities/counties in Michigan, and one of 72 participating cities/counties in the country. The goal of the CRI program is to rapidly dispense Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) medications or supplies to the entire population within 48 hours. The decision to order SNS supplies may result from a terrorist attack, flu outbreak, or other disaster that is severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. Once Federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medications and supplies will be delivered to any state in the United States.
Points of Dispensing (POD)
Once the SNS medication arrives in Oakland County, it will be repackaged into individual shipments and sent to multiple Points of Dispensing (POD). PODs are designated dispensing locations for persons in the community to receive medication as quickly and efficiently as possible.
There are two types of PODs: Open and Closed.
An Open POD is a large location that is designated for mass amounts of the general public. This is similar to a large scale flu clinic.
A Closed POD is a smaller, private location such as a place of employment or Long Term Care facility where at-risk individuals reside. Closed PODs are not open to the public.
What is the Strategic National Stockpile?
The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a national supply of medications and medical supplies to be used for emergency situations, such as a bioterrorism attack or a natural disaster. These medications would be used to medicate the entire population of Oakland County, some 1.2 million people within 48 hours.
Within 12-24 hours of a public health emergency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can deploy large shipments of SNS supplies throughout the United States. These “Push Packs” are utilized to supplement and re-supply state and local health resources. OCHD will coordinate with state officials to receive this initial SNS shipment, which will then be broken down into smaller shipments and distributed amongst POD partners.
During a large-scale public health emergency, traditional medical providers, such as hospitals and physician practices, will likely be overwhelmed with mass amounts of people. During the event of a public health emergency, OCHD will utilize Open PODs to provide medication to the public These Open sites may have long lines which could create public anxiety.
As a Closed partner, your organization will receive and dispense medications directly to your employees and their families, and any others who rely on your essential services as deemed appropriate. As a Closed POD site, your organization will then be able to sustain operations by providing your employees medications and preventing them from having to take the time to visit an Open POD.