Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Fact Sheet
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An act of terrorism, disease epidemic, or a large-scale natural disaster in Minnesota will require rapid access to large quantities of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Because such quantities would not be readily available, special stockpiles have been created. The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) allows for the rapid distribution of antibiotics, vaccines, and other medical supplies during a public health emergency.
The SNS is a national repository of supplies that include: antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, IV administration, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The SNS is designed to supplement and re-supply state and local public health agencies in the event of a national emergency anywhere and at anytime within the U.S. or its territories.
The decision to deploy SNS assets may be based on evidence showing the overt release of an agent that might adversely affect public health, or it may be deployed after depletion of local assets during a large-scale incident, man-made or natural. MDH, CDC and other experts will evaluate the situation and determine a prompt course of action. The governor would then request the SNS.
Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) in Minnesota
- The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), leads the planning and coordination of Minnesota’s SNS. This effort includes planning with local public health, hospitals, Homeland Security, Public Safety, and other agencies at the local, regional, and state levels in Minnesota.
- MDH has coordinated with local private and public entities to ensure that there are designated secure sites within Minnesota to receive the SNS in the event they are necessary.
- MDH has partnered with local public health to coordinate the availability of Mass Dispensing Sites (MDS) that allow all people in Minnesota an opportunity to receive necessary medications at no charge in the event of a public health emergency.
- MDH is coordinating efforts with hospitals and other emergency medical services to ensure that these facilities will have the appropriate medical supplies needed during a public health emergency.
- Education, training, and partnership programs explain the SNS Program, its operations and how they are important in the planning process of private and public agencies.
- The MDH SNS team also coordinates or leads special new emerging initiatives such as the Chempack Program and establishment of the Regional Pharmaceutical Cache Program in order to stay on the cutting edge of public health preparedness.
Contact the Office of Emergency Preparedness and find out more about the Strategic National Stockpile Program: