Strategic National Stockpile
The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a large quantity of medicines and medical supplies managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Strategic National Stockpile contains antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, IV administration, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items that can be used to protect the public in an emergency.
During a public health emergency, local areas may run out of critical medicines or medical supplies. The Strategic National Stockpile is designed for rapid deployment to quickly augment state and local supplies.
The medicines in the Strategic National Stockpile are free to everyone. The SNS has enough medicine stockpiled to protect everyone in several large cities at once. If it becomes necessary to dispense medications in the North Central Health District, you will be informed of this through local TV, radio, and newspapers.
In Georgia, the Department of Public Health (DPH) is the lead state agency in planning to receive and distribute the Strategic National Stockpile if it is ever needed anywhere in Georgia. DPH works with many other state agencies in SNS planning.
Each county in Georgia must be prepared to dispense medication to all residents very quickly in case of a widespread biological attack. The CDC has asked each local area to have plans in place to dispense medication to everyone within 48 hours of the time that public health officials are aware of the event.
The North Central Health District is working with the county health departments and other partner agencies to develop mass dispensing plans for each of the 13 counties in the public health district. In each county, it is essential that emergency management, law enforcement, health care agencies, and other community agencies be involved in this planning. For more information on mass dispensing planning in your county, contact your local county health department.
The district also encourages organizations to consider registering for the Closed Dispensing Site program. Click the link for more information.
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