Volunteers are needed to lead and staff the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Closed Point of Dispensing (POD) site, which was created in an agreement with the Baltimore City Health Department as a means to distribute disease-preventing medication to the University community during a public health emergency.
In such emergencies, it is necessary for the population of the affected area to take prophylaxis medication to avoid falling ill. Under this agreement, if such an emergency was declared for Baltimore, the University would receive the medication from the Strategic National Stockpile to dispense to students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and their family members.
Interested in volunteering? UMB will provide training on Closed POD operations. Volunteers must commit about four to six hours a year for training and participation in exercises. No experience is needed to volunteer, but experience in organizing activities such as sporting events, races, or voting at polling locations is beneficial.
If the Closed POD is activated, volunteers would serve at least one eight- to 12-hour shift and should plan on remaining in the role for at least two years.
To volunteer, please fill out the Closed POD Volunteer registration form.
The Closed POD implementation team will follow up with more information on the program and training dates in the near future.