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Pictograms designed to promote universal access to emergency dispensing sites services

Cambridge PH

Pictogram-based Signs for Mass Prophylaxis Services

In 2007, the Cambridge Advanced Practice Center for Emergency Preparedness developed a series of pictograms designed to promote universal access to emergency dispensing sites services. The signs were developed in collaboration with local and state public health professionals, and experts in universal design and accessibility.

These signs provide:

  • Large, high contrast pictograms of station activities. Select from up to 10 station signs!
  • Simple, one-word descriptions in English and Spanish. Available in 13 other languages!
  • Four-step process sign
  • All-hazards approach to allow versatility and scalability

To obtain high resolution PDFs of the signs or for more information, please email
Process Sign
Process Sign

Enter Sign

Start Sign

Registration Sign

Screening Sign

Treatment Sign

Children Sign

Wait Sign

Exit Sign

Aid Sign

Signs for PODs, Medication and Health Care Centers

Washington State DOH

Signs for Medication and Health Care Centers

Below is a complete list of signs you can use in health care and medication centers. Advice about ways to use the signs can be found on the page about planning these emergency centers. The signs may be available in multiple languages, different formats. You will be able to customize the signs for your jurisdiction or facility.

The file may be presented in one or both of two formats:

  • Adobe InDesign format: High-quality files for printing larger signs through your local print-shop or customizing the signs for your location.
  • PDF format: For printing to smaller format printers or plotters.

If you have questions or need help, write to


Medication Center/Health Care Center Signs

Moving through
the centers

Staff in vests

Waiting area; Please wait; Wait for staff

Authorized personnel only
At the Medication Center

Medication Center greeting/Exit

Four Simple Steps

Medication Center banner

Medical evaluation

Nurse station

No refills of medication

Adult line/Family line


At the Health Care Center

Three simple steps

Health Care Center banner


Entering and exiting Entrance/No entrance

Staff/Volunteer entrance

Thank you for your cooperation

Exit/No exit

Assistance and
internal operations
Prohibited Items


Authorized personnel only

Incident Command Post

Staff in Vests

Signs for staff





Patient privacy

Interpretation and
special needs
Interpretation Tools
Clinical setting Medical evaluation/First aid

Nurse station

Wash hands often

Cover Your Cough

Number and letter signs


Ambulance/Patient loading

Logistics Deliveries

Ambulance/Patient loading

Other signs Emergency Preparedness Drill sign and banner


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