McHenry County Department of Health - Emergency Preparedness & Response
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Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)

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What Is The SNS?

Strategic National StockpileThe Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a federally run program. It was established in 1999 by Congress and is managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The SNS contains large quantities of medicine and medical materiel. Reserves are stored in undisclosed locations throughout the United States.  These locations are chosen so that, if deployed, supplies can get to an affected area within 12 hours.

When Will The SNS Be Used?

The SNS is made up of materiel that will help protect the American people from any large-scale public health emergency either man-made or natural. During an emergency, local, state and private medical supplies will be depleted quickly. These reserves are designed to supplement and re-supply these resources to ensure the safety and health of the public.

How Will I Get My Medicine If a Disaster Strikes?

To receive the SNS assets, the governor’s office of the affected state will make a request to have the supplies deployed. The CDC, Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal departments will evaluate the situation and determine a course of action. The SNS is meant to supplement state and local supplies; it is not intended to be a first response tool.

Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) are prepared to receive, inventory and manage SNS supplies.  MCDH will decide the most efficient way to dispense them to those in the county that need them.  If the decision is made, MCDH will release information on how and where you can get emergency medicine.  Open Points of Dispensing (PODs) may be activated as pick-up locations. 

For more information, please visit the Strategic National Stockpile (CDC) website.