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Medical Countermeasure Readiness

Helping communities have plans in place to provide medicines and supplies during emergencies

ORAU understands the multi-faceted components necessary to ensure communities and partners have plans and processes in place to receive and provide life-saving medicines and supplies, also known as medical countermeasures (MCMs). Our experts work with federal, state, local and territorial agencies to advance medical countermeasure readiness planning and operations.

ORAU offers more than three decades of real-world experiences supporting federal agencies, public health departments and national preparedness organizations promote evidence-based practices to advance medical countermeasure readiness.

Industries we serve

  • Federal, state, local and territorial public health departments
  • Preparedness professionals
  • National preparedness organizations and agencies
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Specific areas of expertise

  • MCM text messaging programs
  • Development of emergency response plans for distribution sites
  • Operational readiness assessment
  • Point of dispensing drills
  • Private and public partner coordination
  • Stockpile and distribution planning
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ORAU partners with Meals on Wheels for MCM readiness

To provide standardized considerations and partner practices for public health planning with local Meals on Wheels chapters, ORAU, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developed the Meals on Wheel Planning Guide.

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Our Experts

Freddy Gray

Freddy Gray, M.P.H., MCHES

Expertise: Public health and healthcare preparedness, medical countermeasures, team dynamics, strategic planning

Gray has more than 25 years of experience managing and supervising public health and healthcare system preparedness and response programs involving medical countermeasures to help mitigate the surge of patients due to a public health emergency.

Certification: Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Will Artley

Will Artley

Expertise: Document design and development, technical writing and editing, emergency response exercise design and information synthesis


  • “Supply Chain Disaster Preparedness Manual,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), December 2017
  • “Pandemic Influenza Electronic Exercise Tool,” CDC, September 2017
  • “How to Develop Medical Surge Planning Workshops,” CDC, June 2017
Casey Thomas

Casey Thomas, PMP

Expertise: Community and healthcare preparedness, medical countermeasures and medical surge

Thomas has more than 12 years of experience working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other federal, state and local agencies on improving public health preparedness and response capabilities.

Certification: Project Management Professional

  • Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparedness capabilities

    Come talk to us about public health and healthcare preparednes at the ORAU booth at the 2019 NACCHO Preparedness Summit March 26-29, 2019 in St. Louis.

    The Preparedness Summit is the first and longest running national conference on public health preparedness. The Summit convenes a wide array of partners; presenting new research findings, sharing tools and resources and providing a variety of opportunities for attendees to learn how to implement model practices that enhance the nation’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters and other emergencies.

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s health communication, preparedness and response needs, contact Marcus Weseman, M.P.A., vice president and senior associate director, Health Communication programs, at 865.576.3420 or