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ODPS Ohio Emergency Management Agency Local SNS Program Guidance

Local Medical Countermeasure Distribution and Dispensing (MCMDD) Guidance Documents and Tools

The Ohio Department of Health has assembled the following materials for you to use to conduct a self-assessment of your jurisdiction's MCMDD Program support plans:

Frequently Asked Questions


  • This PowerPoint Presentation was developed by the Ohio Department of Health for local health department representatives, hospital preparedness program representatives and emergency management agency representatives to give an overview of the new Operational Readiness Review (ORR) assessment:
    ODH Integrated Presentation
  • In July 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented a new method of reviewing state and local medical countermeasure operational readiness. The Medical Countermeasure (MCM) Operational Readiness Review (ORR) replaces CDC’s technical assistance review (TAR) planning tool. With the transition from primarily assessing planning to now also measuring operational readiness, CDC is not changing its medical counter-measure planning and operational requirements:
    MCM ORR Guidance
    MCM ORR Tool
  • While the primary focus of the MCM ORR is on Capabilities 8 and 9 (the two public health preparedness distribution and dispensing capabilities), it also includes applicable supporting elements from the six other public health preparedness capabilities that are needed to mount a successful medical countermeasure mission. Most of these supporting elements align with planning elements that were previously included in the TAR. They also relate to aspects of the distribution and dispending capabilities that would be essential in responding to an MCM incident.
  • Previous versions of the guide, below, focused significantly on the scenario of a release of aerosolized anthrax, which would require jurisdictions to prepare for dispensing medical countermeasures (MCMs) within 48 hours. However, Version 11 takes into account a growing range of threats, changes to the amount and variety of stockpiled assets, as well as the existence of more comprehensive planning and preparedness processes in many jurisdictions. Considering the wide variety of potential public health threats and MCMs available to mitigate those threats, planning for this type of emergency response should be scalable and flexible.
    Receiving, Distributing, and Dispensing Strategic National Stockpile Assets; A Guide to Preparedness, Version 11

Self-Assessment Tools to Conduct your Jurisdiction's SNS Program Preparedness Self-Assessment

  • 1. Review the guidance documents listed above.
  • 2. Use the Jurisdictional Data Sheet and the Operational Readiness Review (ORR) Tool to record your program assessment.
    Jurisdictional Data Sheet
    MCM ORR Tool

If you have any questions regarding your self-assessment, please contact Brad Schwartz, State Planner, Ohio EMA at 614-799-3839 or at baschwartz@dps.ohio.gov.