The Role of the Pharmacist during a Disaster
We must prepare for potential terrorist attacks in Riverside County. One potential terrorist weapon is the use of a biological agent to cause illness and death. The County of Riverside Emergency Management Department prepares for such an event in collaboration with our partners in the medical health, fire, and law enforcement communities. One primary area of preparedness involves the mass dispensing of pharmaceuticals or vaccines.
The expertise of pharmacists is greatly needed to assist in the development and implementation of plans for conducting mass prophylaxis. Members of the team assist with the development and review of written plans and are offered the opportunity to work at a mass prophylaxis dispensing site, should an event occur.
What is the Pharmacy Emergency Response Team (PERT)?
PERT consists of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy students who form a response team. Volunteers are called upon to serve their community during a large scale disaster in which a public health emergency (such as a terrorist attack, flu outbreak, or earthquake) is declared.
Why are pharmacy personnel Needed?
To dispense medication to the general public to save the lives of residents, business owners and visitors in Riverside County. PERT members can also provide dosage or vaccination information, perform triage, physical assessment and health screenings, collect data or administer vaccines.
What are the benefits of being a PERT member?
Use your skills and expertise to benefit the health of Riverside County residents.
Receive valuable training with available Countinuing Education Units.
Experience professional growth as you network with others in your field.
Be part of an award winning team and program.
How to Apply
Individuals interested in applying to volunteer with PERT should download these instructions.
If you have any questions, send an email to EMDVolunteer@rivco.org.
Already a member?
PERT Member Training Requirements:
National Incident Management Training:
IS-100b: Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-200.b – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700: National Incident Management System
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