In December 2005, representatives from Mayfield Village, Mayfield Heights, Gates Mills and Highland Heights met, to band together in a joint community program for the first time, to prepare a plan, under the auspices of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, in the event of a public health emergency. This effort was led by Mayfield Village Fire Department Executive Assistant, Cheryl Garinger. The primary goal was to create a procedure for activation of an emergency clinic for vaccinating or dispensing pills to the residents of the four communities, in a safe, secure and low stress environment. The outcome of this meeting was the birth of the MIPOD Program (Mass Inoculation Point Of Distribution).
Planning and preparations will be an ongoing process, however, the cooperation by everyone involved accelerated the process and the initial goals were achieved well before the targeted deadlines. A vital piece of this plan is resident involvement. With that in mind, residents were encouraged to attend informational meetings on the development of the MIPOD Program. This program was unveiled to the residents in March of 2006. With overwhelming success, over 200 people registered to volunteer, and the word was getting out.
In the fall of 2006, the MIPOD team was ready for a full-scale drill, months ahead of schedule. On Sunday, November 5th, 2006, Municipal Administrators, Police, Fire, and Service department employees, along with the cooperation from the Mayfield City School District and its wonderful bus drivers, the MIPOD team activated to conduct an exercise in inoculation. To provide a realistic setting, the annual Senior Flu Shot programs held in each community, was incorporated as a tool for the drill. The drill was a complete success; over 700 people were inoculated, and those involved enjoyed the experience of being a part of this disaster preparedness drill. The following year, lessons learned from the previous drill were put to the test, and on Sunday, November 4th, 2007 a full-scale pill dispensing exercise was conducted.
The MIPOD Team Committee is currently working behind the scenes in many facets. Volunteer recruitment is our main goal and an ongoing process. We welcome you to learn more about us by joining the team today.
Come visit us today at our website: http://mipodteam.com/