partners, will conduct a full-scale exercise to test the state’s ability to obtain emergency medical
supplies from the federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The exercise takes place this week.
has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a
large-scale health emergency or disaster -- such as a disease outbreak like pandemic flu or a
terrorist attack severe enough to cause local supplies to run out.
from the state. SNS supplies are stored in strategic locations around the United States to ensure
rapid delivery to any location. In Connecticut, the Department of Public Health (DPH) receives
the delivery and then arranges for supplies to be transported to the affected areas.
simulated supplies. These supplies will be delivered by truck via a police escort to the warehouse
for receipt, storage, and staging of the supplies. The supplies will then be delivered to 75
locations across the state. Locations include schools, local health departments, and public works
predetermined points of dispensing where people would go to receive required medication. This
exercise will not include staging public clinics. Local health departments have held previous
exercises to test the process of getting medications to people through mass vaccination clinics.
Management and Homeland Security, the Connecticut Military Department, State Police,
Department of Corrections, local health departments and acute care hospitals.
calling the DPH Communications Office at 860-509-7270.