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Volunteers Needed For Emergency Preparedness Drill In White Plains

The Westchester County Health Department is seeking several hundred volunteers for an emergency preparedness drill.
The Westchester County Health Department is seeking several hundred volunteers for an emergency preparedness drill. Photo Credit: http://health.westchestergov.com/

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Westchester County Health Department is seeking several hundred volunteers to participate in an emergency preparedness drill Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Westchester County Center.

People of all ages, including parents with young children and people with disabilities, college students and faculty, community groups, seniors, members of faith-based communities, businesses and the public are encouraged to register in advance. No special training or experience is needed.

Playing the part of residents, volunteers will walk through a simulated medication distribution exercise and learn which medication they would be given if they had been exposed to anthrax. No actual medicine will be handed out.

“The Health Department continuously trains and prepares for emergencies, but this is one exercise where we urge as many residents as possible, from a wide variety of backgrounds, to participate,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler. “I hope that residents and civic groups will answer our call. This exercise will help our department sharpen our readiness skills and it can also be reassuring to residents to see public health professionals working hard to keep you safe.”

To join, CLICK HERE and click on Westchester to register. View the attachments and remember to print out the free parking pass.

For help registering, call (914)-995-7425. Walk-ins are also welcome.

The purpose of the drill is to test the emergency response capabilities of the Westchester County Health Department, including the ability to dispense medication quickly and accurately to a large group of people.

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