This 2002 image, was captured at an undisclosed location, and depicts a Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) staff member inside an eighteen-wheeled transport truck, who was in the process of off-loading what’s known as, a 12-hour Push-Package, which contained vital medical supplies to this unidentified region. These modular containers are ready-made for shipment, while still at the SNS warehouse. This module was not locked to its metal palette, which allowed for its mobility, though would be during its shipment (see PHIL 22711, 22713, and 22714). Alphanumeric codes, stenciled on to the outside of each container, facilitates parcel tracking, to and from it warehouse of origin.
If a community experiences a large-scale public health incident, where the disease or agent is unknown, the stockpile sends a 12-hour Push-Package, containing a broad-range of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. Contents are pre-packed and configured in transport-ready containers for rapid delivery anywhere in the United States within 12 hours of the federal decision to deploy. Each package contains 50 tons of emergency medical resources.
The stockpile has multiple 12hr Push-Packages stored in strategically located warehouses throughout the country ready for deployment. Immediately shipping, or pushing, a variety of items to the affected state allows authorities to begin or sustain response efforts. All states have plans to receive and distribute Push-Packages quickly to local jurisdictions. Each container is color-coded and numbered allowing those receiving a shipment to easily identify and organize the materials.