Become a Medical Reserve Corps Volunteer

Photos of WCHD Medical Reserve Volunteer Activities

Becoming a volunteer can be a fulfilling experience regardless of why you want to be involved, whether it is simply to meet new people, develop new skills, share your talents and your knowledge, support a cause, or give back to the community.

About the Medical Reserve Corps

The idea for a national volunteer corps emerged out of the tragic events of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Thousands of medical and public health professionals, eager to volunteer in support of emergency relief activities, found that there was no organized approach to channel their efforts. Local responders were overwhelmed and did not have a way to identify or manage these spontaneous volunteers.

Strategic National Stockpile

Source of Medicine in Public Health Emergencies

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is the United States source of medicine and medical supplies in a public health emergency.  In the event of an emergency, state and local public health agencies may be supplied with SNS supplies and medicines. 
Points of Dispensing (PODS)

Points of Dispensing (PODS)

Locations that Distribute Medications in Health Emergencies

Points of Dispensing or PODs are locations across the County that could be used to distribute medications or vaccinations in the event of a health emergency to a large number of people.  Normally, you go to a clinic or doctor’s office for medicine.  But during a health emergency, POD’s may be set up to get medications out very quickly.  Medicines given at the PODS will be free.  Routine medical care is not provided at a POD. 

Open Points of Dispensing (PODS)

Frequently Asked Questions

An open POD is where the general public will go to receive medication or a vaccine.  Open PODs are for the general public. There are plans for each POD site which include set up instructions, supplies, staffing, floor plans, safety and security plans, emergency contact information, etc.  Will County Health Department is responsible for developing plans for each POD and for running all open PODs in Will County.  

Closed Points of Dispensing (POD)

Open to a Specific Company or Group of People

Closed PODs are open only to a specific group of people, like a company for their employees and their immediate family members.  Closed PODs operate in partnership with WCHD and follow the guidelines established by WCHD.  Closed PODs are coordinated and run by a business or entity that is a part of the Will County Health Department’s Closed POD plan.

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