What you should know about Closed POD Regulations…
Closed PODs are protected by many state laws and regulations, but also by the federal Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act, which protects everyone involved in a Closed POD chain once a national disaster has been declared. The PREP Act is detailed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the PowerPoint presentation below:
The PREP Act protects all government entities and employees (federal, state, tribal and local). It also protects all “Program Planners,” which includes all Closed POD partners who are assisting local governments in distributing medications under this program.
The only liability exception which is not covered is for willful misconduct, which is very rare and very hard to prove.