WHAT IS CRI?
The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded effort to prepare major U.S. cities and metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) to effectively respond to a large scale bioterrorist event by dispensing antibiotics to their entire identified population within 48 hours of the decision to do so.
WHY IS CRI NEEDED?
CRI is needed to enhance preparedness at all levels of government and to provide a consistent nationwide approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a large-scale public health emergency. Past events have taught us that the risk of terrorism, including bioterrorism, being perpetrated against Americans, is real. The ability to quickly deliver medical countermeasures to a large population is a central component of public health preparedness.
The CDC's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Division of State and Local Readiness, administers funds for preparedness activities to state and local public health departments through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement.
Since 2004, the CDC has been helping public health departments strengthen their abilities to respond to all types of public health incidents and build more resilient communities through the PHEP Cooperative Agreement. The Kansas City and Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Areas were added to the growing list of participating cities in 2006.
PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS GRANT
The Kansas City and Wichita MSA CRI both receive an annual Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant.
KC CRI and Wichita CRI regional meetings are held periodically to address Kansas Preparedness Program CRI work plan deliverables, quality improvement initiatives, sustainability and community and regional resilience through the enhancement of public health emergency preparedness capabilities. See the Kansas City CRI Calendar or the Wichita CRI Calendar for the scheduled meetings and events.
HOW IS PROPHYLACTIC MEDICATION DISTRIBUTED?
Prophylactic medication is distributed to the public at Points of Dispensing (POD).
WHAT IS A POD?
PODs are designated dispensing locations for persons who are currently healthy but may have been "exposed" and need prophylactic medication to maintain health and prevent the spread of disease.
There are two main types of PODs; OPEN and CLOSED.
An OPEN POD is a location operated by the local county health department that is open to everyone who lives or works in the County. OPEN PODs are meant to serve the entire public.
A CLOSED POD is a location that is operated by a private business (i.e., hospital, clinic, school, jail, church, prison, mental health center, nursing home, long term care center, etc.) for a specific population (i.e., patients, employees and their families). CLOSED Points of Dispensing are not open to the public. There is no cost to become a CLOSED POD and medications are provided FREE of charge. For information on becoming a closed POD contact your local county health department CLOSED POD liaison using the dropdown links under the Closed POD tab for your county.
WHAT CAN ACTIVATE A POD?
The local public health authority, upon determining a public health threat exists, will notify local emergency management that a POD or PODs will be activated:
WHERE ARE OPEN PODS LOCATED?
You will be notified through news outlets and social media at the time of a public health emergency if you need to receive medications and the location of OPEN POD(s). See the Kansas City CRI or Wichita CRI web pages for more specific information regarding PODs in your county.
WHAT IS THE PRIMARY GOAL OF A POD?
The primary goal of a POD is to prevent the spread of disease by providing prophylactic medication to people who have been exposed but are asymptomatic (not showing symptoms).
STATE WIDE CRI MEETINGS
Statewide Cities Readiness Initiative Meetings are held twice per grant year. The Wichita CRI and Kansas City CRI planners meet in person to collaborate on best practices, present on exercises and lessons learned, and to develop relationships.