Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)
The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has stockpiled large quantities of medications and medical supplies to increase preparedness and protect residents during a public health emergency – terrorist attack, flu outbreak, hurricane, etc.
How is the need for the SNS determined?
Once state and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, the Texas Governor would request SNS assets from the federal government. As the supplies are strategically placed throughout the country for rapid deployment, they can be delivered to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) within 12 hours. These “Push Packages” contain many different supplies and medicines so local responders can choose what they need based on almost any threat they may face. If the emergency requires additional medicines and/or medical supplies, officials can order follow-on supplies specific to the emergency through the “Managed Inventory” portion of the SNS program which can be delivered within 36 hours.
What should you know about the medicines in the SNS?
Medicines Given at the PODs will be free.
How will the public obtain SNS assets?
What is a POD?
How does a POD work?
The SNS in Fort Bend County
If the PODs are activated you will need to fill out the
Video for Crushing Pills for Chidren
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Emergency Preparedness Training
These on-line courses are provided “free” by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for government “disaster service responders”, the general public, and partner agencies who may take an active role in any emergency. These classes review the organization and communication procedures needed to respond effectively in any disaster. All on-line classes are free-of-charge and self-paced. Upon completion, FEMA will e-mail a certificate of completion.
Fort Bend County Emergency Preparedness Training
More free online training provided by Fort Bend County Health & Human Services.
Medical Reserve Corps
In the event of a public health emergency Medical Reserve Corps volunteers might be asked to help administer vaccinations, distribute urgently needed medications, man a phone bank using pre-scripted responses to caller’s questions, assist with crowd control, pass out forms, assist with shelter operations or other duties.
- Information from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention about the Bioterrorism & Emergency Preparedness Program
- Information from the CDC about the Strategic National Stockpile Program
- Information from the Governor’s Office of the State of Texas about the SNS Public Information Guidance
- Information about preparing yourself, your family, and your business for a disaster