This 2016 image depicts some of the activities taking place during a Federal Medical Station (FMS) training course, located at the Gwinnett County, Georgia Fairgrounds. This particular image featured a two Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) course participants in the process of strategically loading up a large transport vehicle with medical supplies. A man was inside the truck, guiding the payload into the truck’s interior, while a woman was standing alongside the truck filling out the requisite paperwork, and overseeing the shipment’s departure.
A FMS is a medical center set up during a natural disaster to care for displaced persons with special health needs, which cannot be met in a shelter for the general population during an incident. This includes those with chronic health conditions, limited mobility, or common mental health issues.
SNS experts prepare state and local public health departments to respond effectively during an emergency by providing extensive training on how to receive, stage and setup a federal medical station in response to an incident like a terrorist attack, infectious disease outbreak, or a natural disaster. Click the link below to learn more about Federal Medical Stations.