PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) Medical Emergency Distribution System (MEDS) Point of Dispensing (POD) Program is designed to rapidly provide immunizations or other preventive measures to all the citizens of Portsmouth in the event of a medical emergency.\n\nIn preparation for a potential distribution of medications or immunizations, the town has a program in place to activate a facility that will act as a central POD.\n\nThe program requires not only medical professionals but also ordinary citizens to volunteer to staff the facility if it is activated. With the expectation for some type of COVID-19 immunization in the future, the town needs volunteers to have some basic training on how the POD works.\nVirtual Training Scheduled\nThe RIDOH had been holding MEDS POD training sessions, but they had to be suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. The RIDOH is restarting the MEDS POD basic training program using a virtual format.\nThey will be trying a videoconference format for the basic training on Wednesday April 15th\u00a0at 6 PM and Saturday April 18th at 10 AM.\nThe training will last about an hour and a half. The link for either of these training sessions is: https:\/\/riema.zoom.us\/j\/92578672088. Copy the link to your web browser and follow the instructions to join the session at the time of the call.\nPlease log in with your name and identify the town in which you live.\u00a0 You will be asked to enter this information in the \u201cchat\u201d window several times during the training to verify that you have attended.\nThe Portsmouth MEDS Coordinator, Rich Talipsky said \u201cto provide medications to the entire town in a short time requires a lot of volunteer help. We will need medical professionals, but most of the work at the POD needs only very basic training.\n"One of the perks of being a MEDS POD volunteer is that the volunteers and their immediate family members get \u2018head of the line\u2019 privileges when they report for their volunteer POD assignments."\nThe town already has a list of volunteers, but if you want to be part of the volunteer team, particularly if you have medical certification or qualifications, please contact Rich Talipsky (401-643-0382, firstname.lastname@example.org).