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Health Dept. needs early morning volunteers on June 4 to test emergency preparedness

Volunteers are needed to test how fast life-saving medication can be distributed to the public in the event of an emergency.

The Prince William Health District (PWHD) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are piloting a test program at the Costco at the Potomac Mills Mall in Woodbridge on Thursday, June 4 at 7 a.m., before the store opens for business. This pilot is designed to test the ability of large ‘big-box’ retailers, such as Costco, to be used as public points of dispensing in the event of an emergency.

At least 200 volunteers are needed to go through the process of picking up a supply of medicine (empty bottles are being used in the exercise). Volunteer participation should take about 20 minutes; and it includes a free hot breakfast for everyone who participates.

Volunteers are asked to

• Register ahead of time at to be sure there is enough hot breakfast food for everyone who participates.
• ALL Volunteers should arrive at 7 a.m.; there will be NO entries after 7:30 a.m.

Prince William Health District serves residents of Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park. For more information, visit You also follow the Health District on Twitter @PrinceWilliamHD or on Facebook at

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