Application of a Pod Exercise to University Education Programs
Kristen Dietz, David R. Black, Pamela Aaltonen, Ryan Tennessen, J. Eric Dietz
This paper offers a novel method and subsequent partnership to engage and teach university students. Prior to 11 September 2001 or 9/11, much of the public safety readiness responsibility was limited to a few government officials. Today, public safety is much more widely managed. For this effort, we developed a strategic partnership between state and local government and Purdue University that provides an improved environment for learning and for public health and safety. By using an exercise deployment Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) in a Point of Distribution (POD) exercise, our efforts with partnering between state and local government and the university provide benefits and opportunities to each. Simultaneously, we tested a full scale POD mass prophylaxis response to an anthrax attack through teaching and training university students who also gain valuable internship-like experience. The ongoing relationship between government and the university’s student talent can benefit all in developing paths for future research and data analysis expected of academia and of improving public safety and responsiveness of government.