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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
ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness

ORAU preparedness resources advance local readiness

ORAU, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthcare Preparedness and Response Team has helped identify pressing healthcare preparedness planning needs at the local level and subsequently informed the collaborative development of several preparedness resources.

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Our Experts

Freddy Gray

Freddy Gray, M.P.H.

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

Contact us

For information about ORAU’s health communication, preparedness and response solutions, contact Freddy Gray, director, Health Communication and Preparedness programs, at 865.576.0029 or