Monday, May 01, 2017

Upcoming Webinar: The Strategic National Stockpile


The Strategic National Stockpile is one of those low-profile agencies most Americans either know (or assume) exists, but know relatively little about.

Managed by the CDC and HHS, the SNS maintains, and can rapidly dispense during an emergency, supplies from its large inventory of vaccines, antibiotics, PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment), chemical antidotes, antitoxins and other items from undisclosed warehouse facilities around the nation.

Over the years, a few of the SNS related stories we've covered include:
Whether it be for a hurricane, a terrorist attack, a pandemic, or some other natural disaster, the SNS is our nation's ultimate `Doomsday Prepper'
Later this week the SNS - which just launched a new website - will hold a webinar - open to all public health officials and the general public - introducing, and familiarizing participants with our nations largest stockpile of emergency supplies.
Details on how to participate are at the link below. Attendance is limited, so register early.
Introduction to the Strategic National Stockpile on May 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM EST

Webcast (live event) ID 1069826
Skill level: Introductory Course Number DSNSWEB22017

Description:  This learning webcast is designed to familiarize partners and stakeholders with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.
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As impressive as the SNS is, it is a finite resource, and can not be expected to handle 100% of the nation's needs during a major crisis, like a pandemic, terrorist attack, or natural disaster. 
Its existence should not deter local governments, businesses, and individuals from preparing for their own needs during an emergency. 

For years the American Red Cross, FEMA,, and just about everyone else in emergency services has urged that individuals and families be prepared to deal for at least 72 hours after a major disaster. 
The operative words being, `at least’.  And with good reason. 
The logistics of delivering emergency assistance to millions of people - while hampered by bad weather, crippled communications, damaged infrastructure, or stressed supply chains - all within the first three days of a major disaster, are daunting, and in some cases may be impossible.

To become better prepared as an individual, family, business owner, or community to deal with all types of disasters, I would encourage you to visit the following preparedness sites.
A few of my (many) blogs on this subject include:

  • In An Emergency, Who Has Your Back?
  • When 72 Hours Isn’t Enough
  • When Evacuation Is The Better Part Of Valor

  • Because - as the folks running the SNS know - its really just a matter of time before the next disaster strikes.

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