Cities Readiness Initiative



The Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) program is a regional bioterrorism preparedness program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CRI serves the seven counties in the federally delineated Portland Metropolitan Services Area (MSA). Five counties are in Oregon: Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill; and two counties in Washington: Clark, Skamania. Clark and Skamania counties are overseen by the CRI coordinator in Clark county. The Oregon and Washington CRI programs partner in their work.

For more information about the Portland Metropolitan CRI Program go to


The goal of the CRI program is to work with the local health departments in each county to develop plans and programs, that together will enable the seven public health departments in the region, to provide emergency doses of oral medication to their entire populations within 48 hours of the decision to do so.

Current Projects

The majority of our initial planning is around the development of Points of Dispensing (PODs). PODs are large clinics, open to the public, set up specifically to rapidly get medication to a large number of people. In general, a POD that is dispensing oral medication can process 500 people or more an hour. This is a staff intensive operation so we are working on a number of alternative methods that will reduce the dependence on PODs regionally.

Web-based Tools and Training

Mass Dispensing Sites a Primer for Volunteers: This is an online training on the basics of how a POD works. This training was developed by the University of Minnesota so there may be minor differences in an Oregon POD. You will need to create your own login account. If you have questions, feel free to use the contact tool below.

The POD Game: This game lets you immerse yourself in a virtual POD and gives you a chance to learn how a POD works while having fun.

Information for Businesses Interested in Becoming a Push Partner

Because the CRI program is regional we try to utilize a regional website for all Push Partner information. For this reason, general information on becoming a Push Partner can be found at:  


Melissa McKinney, Regional CRI Coordinator: 503-846-8347