FRANKFORT, KY (10/31/12) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) announced that Kentucky has received a high rating from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its level of preparedness to receive and dispense medications and supplies through the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program.
The ratings are part of CDC's scoring system that indicates the state’s level of preparedness to access and distribute a portion of the national cache of life-saving pharmaceuticals, antidotes, vaccines, medical supplies and equipment maintained to respond to the release of biological pathogens, toxic chemical agents or the impact of other large-scale health emergencies.
“Kentucky’s public health officials and response partners continue to work closely to be prepared to respond to any public health threat or other emergency,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “While we hope we never face a situation that would require us to utilize these federal medicines and supplies, we must be prepared for that possibility.”
Kentucky achieved an excellent overall preparedness score for its ability to plan, exercise and activate its emergency response plan. The CDC evaluated the state in the following areas: overall preparedness; SNS plan development; management of SNS; requesting SNS; tactical communication; public information and communication; security; receipt, stage and storage of the SNS; inventory management; repackaging; distribution; medical countermeasure dispensing; hospital and treatment center coordination; and training and exercise.
“This high rating is the direct result of the dedication, commitment and perseverance to public health among the preparedness community in Kentucky,” said Stephanie Mayfield, M.D., Commissioner for Public Health. “While we can always improve, this demonstrates that Kentucky is prepared to receive, distribute and dispense emergency medications and other supplies in the event of a statewide public health emergency.”
The federal government initially established the SNS program in 1999 to assist states and communities in responding to public health emergencies, including those resulting from terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The SNS program is designed to deploy medicines, antidotes, medical supplies and medical equipment to any U.S. location within 12 hours. Each state has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.
Information provided by Barbara J. Fox
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