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The Strategic National Stockpile

  • Formerly known as the National Pharmaceutical Stockpile (NPS)
  • Arrives in 100 cargo containers in a wide-body jet or seven 48 foot tractor-trailers
  • Weighs 50 tons & occupies 5,000 square feet
  • Large quantities of medicines, antidotes, medical supplies, & medical equipment
  • Additional vaccines & medications can be requested and shipped as needed (Managed Inventory)


  • Adult & pediatric drugs, some in bulk, most prepackaged for individuals
  • IV drugs catheters & admin sets
  • General emergency medications
  • Burn & blast supplies
  • Airway equipment
  • Fluids & wound care materials
  • Equipment for repacking bulk oral antibiotics

Managed by CDC

  • County EMA or Health Department requests through Governor
  • CDC decides if SNS will be deployed
  • First shipment < 12 hours 
  • ODH will take custody of SNS
  • OSP/National Guard will provide security for transport of SNS 
  • Materials delivered directly to PODS & Hospitals


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