Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)
What is the SNS?
The Division of the SNS is administered through the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention. It is designed to stockpile large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is ever a catastrophic health emergency. These stockpiles of material are stored across the nation in confidential locations. For a state to receive these supplies, they must have a written plan in place and have run out of supplies needed to assist the community. For more information on the SNS.
Oklahoma's SNS program relies on the coordination and collaboration of many partners. At the state level, planning is focused on receiving and distributing the SNS assets with the help of state agency partners like the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and the Oklahoma Military Department and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. These agencies help support public health's role by providing security, transportation, warehouse needs and overall planning.
A major part of SNS planning is mass dispensing, or known in Oklahoma as the Mass Immunization/Prophylaxis Strategy (MIPS). This enormous task is taken on by local communities and coordinated by the local county health departments. Their partners include local agencies like emergency management, law enforcement, tribal affiliates, fire, non-profit organizations, schools, local planning committees, hospitals, private contractors and many more. There are currently thirty-five communities responsible for putting together MIPS plans, but their plans incorporate surrounding cities, towns and counties to ensure a wide coverage for Oklahomans. Click here to learn more about Oklahoma's MIPS Program.
Operational Readiness Review
The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program (PHEP), managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR), has implemented a rigorous operational readiness review (ORR) process to evaluate state and local capacity and capability to distribute and dispense life-saving medicines and supplies to the right people at the right time. DSLR designed the ORR to measure a jurisdiction’s operational readiness – the ability to plan and successfully execute a large medical countermeasures (MCM) response in the event of an intentional release of anthrax or during other public health emergencies, such as pandemic influenza. The intended outcome of this assessment is to identify strengths and challenges state and local jurisdictions face and to identify opportunities for improvement and areas in which CDC can provide further technical support. CDC’s goal is that jurisdictions have “established” MCM programs on or before June 30, 2022. Click here to see Oklahoma’s most recent ORR results.