The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) contains large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to help protect the public in the event of a public health emergency such as a terrorist attack, flu outbreak or natural disaster. The SNS is designed to supplement and resupply hospitals, state/local public health and emergency management agencies when an emergency overwhelms local resources anywhere and at any time within the U.S. or its territories.
Click here for more information on the Strategic National Stockpile http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/stockpile.htm
Through the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) program, the County of Riverside Department of Public Health (DOPH) has developed a Strategic National Stockpile and Mass Prophylaxis Plan. The plan outlines the policies and procedures DOPH would use to request, receive, distribute and dispense antibiotics and other life-saving medical supplies to their entire identified population within 48 hours. Riverside County
is well-prepared to receive and distribute SNS medical countermeasures and has consistently received the highest marks from the state and federal government for its planning efforts.
The Department of Public Health works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health, County of Riverside Office of Emergency Services, county and city law enforcement and fire/rescue agencies, healthcare facilities and other local response agencies and community partners to develop, maintain, train, and exercise response plans.
OUR ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY RESPOND TO EMERGENCIES IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH PARTNERSHIPS WE HAVE FORMED WITH LOCAL RESPONSE AGENCIES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS.
Click here for a general overview of the Cities Readiness Initiative from the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/stockpile/cri/index.htm