Sample resort MOU for SNS

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A Nevada health department established a potential Memorandum of Understanding with resorts in the Las Vegas region for distribution of Strategic National Stockpile medications in the event of a public health emergency. The MOU template provides an avenue of collaboration between local public health and private resorts or casinos in which resort employees and citizens needing treatment all benefit from this agreement. The agreement allows for treatment of resort staff and requires that public health officials guide storage, security, and distribution of medications through resort staff. It also requires the resort to use its communications systems to update staff and other people in the resort. This is an excellent example of how a local public health agency used existing community resources (i.e., large climate-controlled facilities with many employees) to facilitate a public health emergency response. One reviewer suggested that this type of collaborative relationship could pave the way for development of alternate care site plans with resorts.

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