Sanford Coyote Sports Center Hosts Disaster Drill

Health Disaster Preparedeness The University of South Dakota, partnered with the Clay Union Point of Dispensing (POD), will host a disaster exercise October 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota, partnered with the Clay Union Point of Dispensing (POD), will host a disaster exercise October 20 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention will ship pallets from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) to the Clay Union POD for a walk through drill open to the public. The local POD would be responsible to quickly deliver medication to the public in the case of an epidemic, terrorist attack or natural disaster.

Volunteer participants will be entered in a raffle each time they walk through the exercise. Prizes include a 42” HD Smart TV, $50 in Vermillion Bucks or Coyote Cash.

There are 32 PODs across the state of South Dakota where individuals can receive medication in times of a public health emergency. Clay and Union counties are combined into one POD that is responsible for over 20,000 residents. The Clay Union POD will be only one of three partaking in the drill this year.

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Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.