This image was captured inside a Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) products warehouse, and depicts what is referred to as a CHEMPACK Container, locked, and secured, which was equipped with an alarm system, which would sound if the CHEMPACK sustained an unauthorized disturbance. See PHIL 22722, for a closer look at the container’s internal alarm system.
CHEMPACKs are containers of nerve agent antidotes, placed in secure locations at local levels around the country to allow rapid response to a chemical incident. These medications treat the symptoms of nerve agent exposure and can be used, even when the actual agent is unknown.
Because these antidotes must be administered quickly, CDC’s CHEMPACK team maintains 1,960 containers strategically placed in more than 1,340 locations in the U.S. More than 90 percent of the United States’ population is within one hour of a CHEMPACK location. Most are located in hospitals, or fire stations, which have been selected by local authorities to support a rapid hazmat response, and which can be accessed quickly if hospitals or first responders need them.