Posts Tagged ‘medical supplies’

Strategic National Stockpile Readiness

February 27th, 2013

The CDC’s “Strategic National Stockpile” is a large quantity of medicine and medical supplies that are available to states in case there’s a public health emergency (flu outbreak, asteroid, etc.) severe enough to cause local health supplies to run out.  Once federal and local authorities agree that the stockpile is needed, meds and supplies are delivered to any state in time for them to be effective. Each state is responsible for receiving and distributing the stockpile assets to local communities fast. 

Our Public Health Emergency Preparedness shop is responsible for the overall planning and execution in AZ.  The Plan (which isn’t posted on-line for security reasons) provides a step by step approach to accessing and distributing pharmaceuticals, vaccines and other medical equipment and products stored by the Feds.  Our Plan is evaluated yearly by the CDC.  The review covers every aspect of our plan… including how we communicate with the public, work with our healthcare and Agency partners as well as how we plan to work with vulnerable populations should SNS assets be needed. 

This year we got a score of 93% from the CDC…  and our partner counties (Pinal and Maricopa) received similar scores- demonstrating that the plans work together effectively to serve the public when they need to be activated.  We’ll be testing these plans during a full-scale exercise this week.  Congratulations to our preparedness rock-stars Teresa Ehnert, Marcus Castle, Stacey Cain and the whole emergency preparedness team! 

By the way…  we received and executed stockpile assets (antiviral medications and other healthcare supplies) during the 2009 H1N1 Influenza pandemic.  Our turnaround time from the minute we received the first shipment until everything was at its local destination was less than 36 hours- an impressive testament to our ability to plan and execute during a public health emergency. 


ADHS Aces the 2010 Strategic National Stockpile Test

September 21st, 2010

The Strategic National Stockpile is a national repository of antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, IV administration, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items which are stored in a few locations around the country. The stockpile is designed to supplement public health agencies in case there’s a national emergency anywhere and at anytime within the U.S. or its territories. At the beginning of the H1N1 pandemic, Arizona  received and distributed hundreds of thousands of treatment courses of antiviral medication and other hospital supplies.  We turned around our supplies and shipped everything to their final destinations at the local health departments within 36 hours.

Each year the CDC comes out to “grade” our readiness by reviewing our plans, exercises, our execution during actual events (e.g. H1N1) and our after action reports.  This week, our project officer gave us a final grade of A+ or 97%.

Well done Preparedness Team.

The reviewer gave us glowing commendations for factors including leadership support, effective coordination and collaboration with the state/local/private sectors (Scott Voss & Kaitlin Henslee), and development and implementation of a multi-year Training and Exercise Plan (Andrew Lawless).  We already knew we were ready because we smoked the H1N1 stockpile distribution, but it’s nice to know that we’re still in crackerjack shape.