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Fall Wrap-Up

The Fairfax MRC wrapped up a very busy fall—in October and November alone, 89 members assisted in three exercises: the Closed Point of Dispensing (Closed POD) drill, the CHAOS regional exercise and the call center drill, serving a total of 535 hours!

Tracey Serler receive flu vaccine from Vanessa Flory at Closed POD ExerciseClosed Point of Dispensing Drill – October 19

The Fairfax County Health Department (FCHD) exercised its capacity to dispense medical countermeasures to FCHD staff and volunteers during a public health emergency at a Closed POD located at the Health Department administrative offices in Fairfax. The Fairfax MRC tested its ability to staff a POD with 19 members filling positions such as POD Manager, vaccinators and flow control—all while key FCHD staff served as subject matter experts. This drill highlighted one of our strengths: 100% of the staff surveyed reported that the right participants, in terms of levels and mix of disciplines, were included in the exercise. Fifty-eight Fairfax MRC volunteers and their family members participated as clients and received a no-cost seasonal influenza vaccine.

CHAOS Regional Exercise – November 14

Thirty-seven Fairfax MRC Volunteers braved the early morning cold to play "victims" in a multiday, large scale regional exercise. The exercised simulated a dirty-bomb explosion on I-495 during rush hour traffic. Fairfax MRC members were assigned an injury—from slight to severe—depending upon their distance from the explosion and were "moulaged" to appear to have real injuries. As regional first responders triaged, decontaminated and transported them to area hospitals for treatment, MRC members acted out their injuries.

Call Center Drill – November 16

Rod Bubeck and other volunteers as victims at CHAOS exerciseThe Fairfax County Health Department exercised its capacity to fill POD positions in a large-scale anthrax incident by testing the emergency alert systems used to communicate with its staff and volunteers. All FCHD staff and Active Status volunteers received an emergency alert via email and text to notify them of the drill and to direct them to call the agency call center to report their availability for upcoming POD shifts. Eight Fairfax MRC volunteers staffed the Call Center to receive and document the calls; 52% of Active Status volunteers responded within the 6-hour window—a 20% increase from last year! Following each exercise, the Fairfax MRC distributed post-event surveys to participants to collect data for further programmatic development; Some of the survey results are depicted in the tables at the bottom of this page. Exercise planners review the comments from post-event surveys to incorporate the feedback into After Action Reports and improvement plans; they may also inform revisions to emergency plans. Event summaries will be sent to participants and posted on the Fairfax MRC website.

TB Report – December 27

Eighty-three Fairfax MRC volunteers contributed more than 774 hours to the TB Investigation response at Lee High School in 2013. Read the Summary Report, which provides some detail about the results.

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