Strategic National Stockpile

Strategic National Stockpile

We need your assistance to help protect you, your family, friends and neighbors.

The Strategic National Stockpile - What it means to you

The Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the citizens of the Commonwealth if there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake) severe enough to cause local, regional and state supplies to run out. Once federal, state and local authorities agree that the SNS is needed, medicines will be delivered to Pennsylvania within 12 hours. Pennsylvania has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.
What should you know about the medicines in the SNS?

· The medicine in the SNS is FREE for everyone.
· The SNS has stockpiled enough medicine to protect people in several large cities in the United States at the same time, as well as, prepare to deliver large amounts of medication to protect all citizens of the Commonwealth.
Federal, state and local planners continue to work together to ensure that the SNS medicines will be delivered to the affected area, to protect you and your family, as quickly as possible.
How will you get your medicine if the SNS is delivered to your area?
· Local communities continue to prepare to receive SNS medicine and medical supplies from the state to provide to everyone in the community who needs them.

When an incident occurs, you can find out how to get medicine to protect you and your family by watching TV, listening to the radio, reading the newspaper, checking the Department of Health's Web site on the Internet or learning from trusted community leaders.

More Information on SNS

How can I help?

The planning for the mass distribution of medications will require many volunteers to support the operation.  To see a listing of activities that will need to be fulfilled during an event, click here.

What about my family?

We understand that it is difficult to volunteer in a time of crisis knowing that your family is at home unprotected.  Therefore, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has committed that anyone who volunteers to assist with mass dispensing will receive appropriate medication for the volunteer and those family members living with the volunteer as soon as the medication arrives at the Point of Dispensing.  Volunteers working the first shift will be provided their medication as their shift ends.  Follow-on shift workers should arrive at the Point of Dispensing prior to their shift to receive medication for their family.

Training and Education

The SNS Program is part of a nationwide preparedness program for state and local health care providers, first responders, and governments (to include federal officials, governors’ offices, state and local health departments, and emergency management agencies). Training will be provided on the SNS Program’s mission and operations and further your specific responsibilities you volunteer for within a Point of Dispensing to provide for rapid dispensing of medications to the public. 

How can I obtain more information?

Contact 1-877-PAHealth (1-877-724-3254) and ask for the Public Health Preparedness Coordinator.