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Cities Readiness Initiative FAQ

What is the Cities Readiness Initiative?

The Cities Readiness Initiative is a federally funded effort to prepare major U.S. cities and metropolitan areas to effectively respond to a large scale bioterrorist event by dispensing antibiotics to their entire identified population within 48 hours of the decision to do so.

Why is CRI necessary?

CRI is needed to enhance preparedness at all levels of government and to provide a consistent nationwide approach to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a large-scale public health emergency.

What are the specific risks for the citizens in my city?

Past events have taught us that the risk of terrorism - including bioterrorism - being perpetrated against Americans, is real. The ability to quickly deliver countermeasures to a large population is a central component of public health preparedness.

How is CRI funded?

Since 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided funding for CRI through the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement to enhance the mass dispensing capabilities of the CRI cities. Funds are provided to the states for further distribution to the local level, except for Washington DC, Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, which are directly funded cities.

What are Medication Centers?

Medication Centers are designated dispensing locations for persons who are currently healthy but may have been "exposed" and need prophylactic medication. Medication Centers are the traditional method of providing prophylaxis in CRI.

Public health staff and trained volunteers would operate points of dispensing (PODs) for exposed people to receive medications. These locations would be announced through local media and will serve as central places for the public to get these life-saving medical countermeasures. Take a look at how PODs work:

Community Immunity Point of Dispensing, What Can You Do?

Visit the Community Immunity Point of Dispensing Project Website for more information, developed by the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department through a grant from the CDC.