The Arlington County Public Health Division will conduct a emergency preparedness exercise on April 25, 2013 in the Virginia Sqaure –Ballston area. Below is the announcement from ACPHD.
THIS IS A TEST; THIS IS ONLY A TEST
Arlington County Public Health Division “TED” Exercise
The Virginia Square-Ballston area has been chosen to participate in the To Every Door Exercise (TED EX) on Thursday, April 25, 2013. TED EX is designed to simulate door-to-door delivery of medication in the event of a public health emergency.
The Arlington County Public Health Division is conducting TED EX to understand how long it might take to deliver antibiotic medications and information houses in Arlington, in case of a public health emergency.
What to Expect
On the morning of Thursday, April 25, trained volunteers (identified by reflective vests and carrying official County photo identification) will spread out to several neighborhoods in Arlington and leave a bag with information on each doorknob. You do not need to be home when the bag is hung on your doorknob. The bag will contain emergency preparedness information and a small giveaway to simulate the weight of the actual medication that would be delivered. Because this is a timed exercise, volunteers may not reach all doorknobs in this area.
TED EX has two main goals: to test how long it would take to deliver medication or information directly to every residence (doorknob) and to enhance the County’s ability to respond in an emergency.
The TED EX is part of the County’s ongoing emergency preparedness work. There is no reason to believe an emergency of this kind will happen. However, we encourage you to visit the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) home page to understand what you can do to be prepared. http://sites.arlingtonva.us/oem/
For more information on TED EX please visit http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/HumanServices/PublicHealth/EmergencyMedication/page64972.aspx.
Please note that in the event of inclement weather, the exercise may be canceled in the Virginia Square-Ballston area.