Montgomery County Maryland Government

Points of Dispensing (PODs)

Medication Distribution During a Public Health Emergency

About PODs

What is a POD?

In the event of a major public health emergency, Montgomery County may open Points of Dispensing or PODs. A POD is a temporary location or locations designed to quickly deliver medications, vaccinations, or other life-saving measures to the public. Possible examples of major public health emergencies that may require a POD include natural disasters, pandemics, and bioterrorism attacks.

Find a Nearby POD

In the event of a public health emergency that would require mass dispensing of medications to the community, locations of all the PODs would be listed here. Every effort will be made to have PODS open throughout the County as needed.

POD Safety

Montgomery County officials, including law enforcement, fire rescue and other first responder personnel will be on site or available to direct traffic, handle security issues or other emergencies.  A safe POD is essential to ensure the health and well being of the entire Montgomery County community.

Some key tips to keep in mind while attending a POD:

  • Be aware of traffic. PODs could have drive-through and walk up processes at each location.  Law enforcement will be directing traffic at each location to help community members stay safe.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. PODs could have large crowds. Follow Homeland Security’s “If you see something, say something” campaign.
  • PODs could be operating in an outdoor location. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Expect long lines and possibly long wait times.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

This website was developed by the Montgomery County, Maryland Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Services, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (PHEP&R).  PHEP&R’s mission is to plan, prepare, respond and recover from major incidents affecting the public’s health.

This website was funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant and the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Office of Preparedness & Response Grant to Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Health & Human Services, Public Health Services, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program.

Contact information

Montgomery County Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program
Phone:  240-777-3038

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