The Bennington Local Health Office coordinates with local schools, non-profits, businesses, and first responders to protect our community during a public health emergency. Our community partners include the Bennington Local Emergency Planning Committee, long-term care facilities, the regional planning commission, Southwestern Medical Center, United Counseling Service, fire and police departments and emergency medical services agencies. We participate on hospital emergency planning teams and assist with readiness for a potential increase in patients needing medical attention. We also work with non-profit organizations to create and review emergency plans.
Set Up a Private Distribution Site
In the event of certain types of public health emergencies, the Bennington Local Health Office will set up a site where medications can be distributed to the community, including residents and visitors. The site, called a “point of distribution” or POD site, helps the Health Department get medicine to people who need it as quickly as possible.
We are beginning to set up private POD sites to local entities like emergency services personnel, schools or other employers. This allows a site to distribute medicine to their own employees and their families. We are interested in working with community partners, both public and private, who would like to become a pre-arranged distribution site for their own employees and families.
Steve, Public Health Specialist
Become an Emergency Responder
The Southwestern Vermont Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) includes volunteers from all over the region who help prepare for disasters small and large. They set up and staff first aid stations at large events, provide first aid, as well as helping some of the community’s most vulnerable members prepare for emergencies. You do not need to be in the medical field to belong to join. If you are interested in becoming an emergency medical technician or MRC volunteer, visit OnCall for Vermont, or contact MRC Unit Coordinator, Steve Schlosser, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Steve Schlosser, MRC Unit Coordinator