In 2017, the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) simultaneously responded to not one, but three consecutive hurricanes, and at the direction of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), rapidly deployed expert personnel, Federal Medical Stations (FMS), and other supplies to the affected areas. Captured in September 2017, in response to the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, this image depicted a number of SNS staffers, in the process of assembling a bariatric lift assembly, located at the George R. Brown (GRB) Convention Center in Houston, Texas. These staffers were members of the Federal Medical Stations (FMS) Strike Team, who are specialized experts, deployed to assist local emergency responders.
With the help of volunteers, FMS Strike Teams like the one depicted here, were able to unpack and set up in the GRB Convention Center in only five hours. A typical set up normally takes 10-12 hours. Once underway, this FMS site cared for 160 people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, and in need of non-emergency medical care. To learn more about 2017 Hurricane Responses, as well as the SNS in general, please click the links below.