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Points of Distribution

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Points of Distribution (PODs) will become operational under the directive of the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in the event the distribution of commodities becomes necessary. PODs are utilized for distributing emergency relief supplies.

The State of Florida could provide staffing for up to the first 72 hours, typically through the Florida Department of Military Affairs Florida National Guard (FNG), to open the site, establish initial management and begin distribution, before turning operations over to County personnel. In the event that the FNG is not available, DAEs will do the POD set-up.

PODs will be assigned to County departments based on the number of EOC essential (POD) employees they have available at the time of POD activations.

  • Departments will designate a management team and team members.
  • Work duties range from light to heavy labor consisting of but not limited to loading supplies into people’s cars, off-loading trucks and pallets, moving equipment or boxes, operating forklifts, inventory control, community and media relations, traffic control, administrative work and car counters.
  • Departments not having specialty equipment operators such as forklift drivers or pallet jack operators should identify that need to the Miami-Dade Emergency Management (MDEM).

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POD Management Teams

Each Department will assign DAE staff to be members of their POD Management Team. This team will be trained to provide the leadership necessary for operating each site. It is the responsibility of the POD Manager to have access to a County Purchase Card (P-Card) in the event that supplies or resources need to be purchased. The POD Management Team is responsible for communicating with the DAE Command and the EOC.

POD Staffing

The number of staff needed is dependent upon the POD type.

The EOC Incident Commander or designee will determine where Departments are assigned based upon the number of available DAEs. Staffing shifts and rotations will be left to the discretion of the POD Management Team at each site.

MDEM has pre-identified POD sites in every populated geographic area of the County. The number, location and hours of operation of the POD facilities to be activated will depend on the nature, extent, and geographic coverage of the disaster event.

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