Next month, the Carter County Health Department will treat victims of a disease that hasn’t struck Oklahoma yet, just in case.
The Health Department needs volunteers for a medication drill, a simulation of what it would be like to medicate every person in South Central Oklahoma in 48 hours in the case of a bioterrorism attack, massive outbreak or some other health crisis.
“We’re looking to do several hundred, just so we can get an idea of what it’s like,” partnership consultant Brandi Straka said.
The department will conduct drills at the Ardmore Convention Center, Tishomingo Industrial Park and the Marietta football field parking lot from 9:45 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 12.
Volunteers will sign up ahead of time, then sign in on the morning of the drill to receive a packet of instructions telling them what to do. Certain volunteers will be assigned certain symptoms to act out. Cars full of volunteers will pass through a designated drive-through area, where health department employees will assess their “symptoms.”
Straka said drama students and other school groups have signed up in the past.
“We just need to have people play whatever role they’re given,” said. “If they want to act silly and go crazy with it, that’s even better. They’ll have all these different scenarios. They’ll give them the steps and tell them what they need to do.”
Volunteers can sign up to participate until October 10th. The goal is to “medicate” as many people as possible in an hour and 15 minute timeframe, and driving through should take roughly 10 minutes.
For more information or to get involved, call Carter County Health Department at 223-9705.