Cities Readiness Initiative
What is CRI?
Cities Readiness Initiative - Detroit Metropolitan Area
The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) is a federally funded effort to prepare major U.S. cities and metropolitan areas 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. The Detroit Metropolitan Area, which includes the City of Detroit, Wayne, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, and St. Clair counties, is a participating member of the Cities Readiness Initiative.
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 countermeasures to a large population is a central component of public health preparedness.
Since 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided funding for CRI through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement to enhance the mass dispensing capabilities of the CRI cities.
How is the medication distributed?
Points of Dispensing (PODs) are designated dispensing locations for persons who are currently healthy but may have been "exposed" and need prophylactic medication. You will be notified through news outlets if you need to receive medications. PODs are sometimes identified as Neighborhood Emergency Help Centers. For more information on PODs or if your business/organization would like to sign up to become a Closed POD, please contact us.
Wayne Spaedt, PEM
Assistant Emergency Preparedness Coordinator