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Health District to test plans for mass medication dispensing

Oct. 1 - Regional emergency response exercise to help improve planning

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – A rapid response to dangerous diseases—natural epidemics or following a terrorist release of anthrax or other biological agents—can make the difference between life and death.


In the event of such an emergency, the Snohomish Health District has a plan to dispense to all Snohomish County residents within 48 hours medications that would help prevent disease from a biological agent exposure. 


On Oct. 1 and 2, the health district will put this plan to the test in a joint exercise with King, Pierce and Kitsap counties and Washington State Department of Health. The Snohomish Health District along with various healthcare and emergency management partners will assess the logistics of distributing and dispensing large quantities of medications.


In addition, the exercise will give planners a look at the key decision making, policy development, and communication capabilities the response requires. Activities will focus on communication and coordination and on the set-up of a public dispensing clinic in Lakewood.


Staff at the Snohomish Health District along with local, county and state agencies has specific roles in the two-day exercise. Mass distributing and dispensing involves setting up public clinics, distributing to public pharmacies and to private and government agencies, and to distribute to their staff and families. 


“In Snohomish County, we have been working with local emergency management agencies, healthcare agencies, and private industry to ensure that we could respond to this type of event and protect the health of our community,” said Raymond Malunay, Medical Countermeasures Coordinator.


You can read more about various preparedness activities on our website at