Medical Emergency Distribution System


To ensure that Rhode Island maintains the ability to respond to a public health emergency by receiving, distributing, and dispensing medical countermeasures and supplies.

What we do

  • Maintain the State's plan to receive, stage, distribute, and dispense medical countermeasures and supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile during a public health emergency.
  • Prepare the state to respond to bioterrorism by having a plan for each city and town to rapidly dispense medication to their entire population within 48 hours of the decision to do so as part of the federal Cities Readiness Initiative.
  • Store chemical nerve agent antidotes throughout Rhode Island so they are available to local emergency responders in the case of a chemical nerve agent event.
  • Coordinate annual exercises of Points of Dispensing.
  • Utilize points of dispensing for: flu vaccine, water distribution during hurricanes, and Tdap and Seasonal Flu vaccinations.
  • Train staff, volunteers, and medical professionals.
  • Review and offer guidance for all local Medical Emergency Distribution System Point-of-Dispensing Plans.

Program Publications


  • Getting Medicine During a Public Health Emergency(2016) (English) (Spanish)