RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Leaders of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony (RSIC) and Washoe County Health District officials signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday.
That memorandum will provide use of tribal facilities as a Point of Dispensing (POD) during public health emergencies, according to a news release.
Also, according to health and tribal officials, the agreement will provide continued collaboration and regional partnership between RSIC and Washoe County Health District by increasing infrastructure and resource sharing for the distribution of medications in a public health emergency.
PODs can quickly provide massive numbers of life-saving medications to large numbers of people during emergencies, and PODS can be set up in neighborhoods and community centers that people can get to easily, the news release stated.
"This Memorandum of Understanding is the product of coordinating emergency plans between RSIC and the Health District that also will provide training and exercise opportunities for our agencies," said Washoe County District Health Officer Kevin Dick. "Public health preparedness depends on working together to plan and practice our response efforts so we can save lives when emergencies happen," Dick said.
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