The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) responded to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York City, by deploying medical countermeasures, equipment, and technical assistance within in seven hours. These attacks prompted federal legislation and directives to strengthen public health emergency readiness. Captured at an unidentified staging area, this particular image depicts three SNS first responders, in the process of setting up their gear in preparation for their duties as assigned while at the World Trade Tower, Ground Zero disaster site.
“CDC’s SNS is the nation’s largest supply of potentially life-saving pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. The stockpile ensures the right medicines and supplies are available when and where needed to save lives.”
“When state, local, tribal, and territorial responders request federal assistance to support their response efforts, the stockpile ensures that medicine and supplies get to those who need them most during an emergency. Organized for scalable response to a variety of public health threats, the repository contains enough supplies to respond to multiple large-scale emergencies, simultaneously.”
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