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County seeks volunteers for disaster drill on March 13 at ECC North

Volunteers are being sought to take part in a disaster preparedness drill from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Erie Community College North Campus in Amherst on March 13.

Pre-registration is encouraged by those who want to take part in the free event.

The drill is being staged by the Erie County health department’s Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness. The exercise will provide county employees and the county’s planning partners with practice in the mass distribution of medications required during a public health crisis. It is a precursor to a larger statewide exercise that is planned for 2016.

Among other goals, the requirements of the “point of dispensing” exercise calls for dispensing medications to up to 2,000 people per hour over a sustained 2-hour period. County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz said the county’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness scores have been going up for the past three years.

In addition to taking part in the exercise, participants will have access to safely dispose their unused or unwanted prescription drugs and needles, obtain public health information and educational materials, and enter free raffles for door prizes.