The City is seeking volunteers to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack. The Point of Dispensing (POD) exercise, administered by the Alexandria Health Department, will take place on July 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the T.C. Williams Minnie Howard Campus (3801 W. Braddock Road). That day, volunteers will move through a simulated medication dispensing site. Although no actual medications will be handed out, public health staff and volunteers will go through the same procedures and protocols they would use to dispense medications in a real disaster. Volunteers will receive a summer kit for safe and healthy fun in the sun. Registration is required.
People of all ages, including parents with young children, people with disabilities, college students and faculty, scouts, community groups, seniors, members of faith-based communities, corporate employees and the public are encouraged to register in advance. No special training or experience is needed. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Participants should allow up to two hours for the exercise.
- Register for the exercise here.