What is the Strategic National Stockpile?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a repository of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency in which local supplies have been or may be depleted. The mission of the SNS program is to help public health and emergency management personnel at the state, local, tribal and territorial levels of government prepare to request and make effective use of medical countermeasures (antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, etc.) to prevent, mitigate, or treat adverse health effects from an intentional, accidental, or naturally occurring public health emergency. The SNS program has grown over the years to encompass a wide range of medical countermeasures (MCMs) and response capabilities.

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.

The medicines in the Strategic National Stockpile are free to everyone. If it becomes necessary to dispense medications in the District 4 Health region, you will be informed of this through local TV, radio, and newspapers.

Each county must be prepared to provide life-saving medication to the entire population within 48-hours of a confirmed incident or attack. District 4 Public Health is working with the county health departments and other partner agencies to develop mass dispensing plans for each of the 12 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.

How will medications be distributed?
Mass Dispensing Sites will be the main mechanism for the distribution of medicine and medical supplies to healthy people in the area of risk during a large-scale public health emergency. An OPEN Dispensing Site is a location operated by a local public health department that is open to everyone who lives or works in that community. Open Dispensing Sites are meant to serve the entire public. A CLOSED Dispensing Site is a location that is operated by a private organization for a specific target group and their families and clients. Closed Dispensing Sites are not open to the public.

For more information:
http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/stockpile.htm
http://www.naccho.org/topics/emergency/SNS/index.cfm

Register your business as a CLOSED Dispensing site