Strategic National Stockpile

Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a large supply of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake) severe enough to cause local medical supplies to run out. Once Federal and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines will be delivered to any state in the U.S. within 12 hours.

An act of terrorism or a large scale natural disaster targeting the U.S. civilian population may require rapid access to large quantities of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Such quantities may not be readily available unless special stockpiles are created. No one can anticipate exactly where a terrorist will strike and few state or local governments have the resources to create sufficient stockpiles on their own. Therefore, a national stockpile has been created as a resource for all.

Reporting to the Dispensing Sites:

District Health Department No. 2 and other local emergency response agencies have developed and exercised plans to distribute these supplies throughout our community.  Several sites have been identified to distribute needed medicines or vaccines.  Citizens will be asked to report to these sites to receive medical supplies or treatment.  Emergency response officials at the time of the event will determine the most effective way to route citizens to designated sites in an orderly fashion.  As an example: citizen from particular zip codes may be asked to report during certain times to ensure that sites are not overwhelmed. At the time of the event specific information will be shared on how to access this resource.

Medical Screening:

Most medications and vaccinations require health officials to screen individuals for medical conditions and possible drug interactions with medications a person may be currently taking.  For this purpose, medical screening forms have been developed.  These forms will be available at dispensing sites and here at this website.  Citizens can download and print the form from this website and bring it the site filled out to help make the process go more quickly.  One form can be used for multiple people or an entire family. See the link to the medical screening form below.

Taking Medications:

It is important to remember to take any medication given at a SNS dispensing site exactly as prescribed and for the entire time recommended.  Taking extra or excess medication will not provide additional protection and with some medications it is dangerous or even life threatening.

Medical Supplies:

The Strategic National Stockpile is also supplied with medical equipment and supplies that can be used by medical providers and hospitals to treat victims of a disaster.  Supplies can range from general supplies like bandages to durable medical equipment like ventilators.