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2015 POD Volunteer Trainings NEW!

We need your help when disaster strikes. A Point of Distribution or POD is where the public goes to pick up emergency supplies following a disaster, and we need members of the community to help operate these PODs.

  • You must attend one 4-hour training session on one of the following dates:
    • Saturday, March 21
    • Saturday, April 25
    • Saturday, May 16
    • Saturday, June 20

    All trainings are held from 8:00am - 12pm (noon)
  • To sign up, email Jennifer Metcalf at


For the investment of a few hours, would you choose to help minimize the impact of a public health emergency on your family and local community? Would you choose to do everything possible to ensure that you and your family have priority to receive countermeasures in a public health emergency? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Office of Preparedness and Response (MCDPH OPR) volunteer team is for you!


Sign up:


What can you do? time for help!

  • Set up and staff Points of Dispensing (PODs) to dispense life-saving medications to the public during a public health emergency

  • Staff Volunteer Reception Centers (VRCs) to coordinate volunteer needs for Maricopa County during an emergency

  • Staff call centers/phone banks to provide information to the public in an emergency

  • Assist with evacuation of individuals needing additional assistance in an emergency

  • Provide information and support to the community

  • Attend trainings and events offered throughout the year


What is the time commitment?

To be a MCDPH OPR volunteer, you must attend POD Leadership Training, which is a one-time session to introduce you to public health preparedness and how you can be of assistance. After this training, your commitment can be as big or small as you would like it to be, although MCDPH offers training and volunteer opportunities on a regular basis.


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Phoenix, AZ 85012


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