Nebraska DHHS Emergency Preparedness
Strategic National Stockpile
The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a national resource of medical supplies ready and waiting to help states handle public health emergencies. It includes pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and medical equipment. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has these “stockpiles” located around the country so states can have access to the supplies they need within 12 hours of requesting them.
Receiving, shipping and storing the stockpile is a complex operation involving a lot of people from DHHS, other state agencies and the federal government as well. At DHHS we’ve recruited approximately 40 people to help with the process and are always looking for more volunteers. Among other duties, our employees are responsible for unloading the shipment, managing inventory, maintaining quality control, and repackaging supplies for further distribution.
The SNS Program is an essential response component of CDC's larger Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Initiative. For more information, see the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Website.