South Central Health District of Georgia

The South Central Health District

Bleckley. Dodge. Johnson. Laurens. Montgomery. Pulaski. Telfair. Treutlen. Wheeler. Wilcox.

Strategic National Stockpile

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Strategic National Stockpile

The Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a large quantity of medicines and medical supplies managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). SNS contains antibiotics, chemical antidotes, antitoxins, life-support medications, IV administration, airway maintenance supplies, and medical/surgical items that can be used to protect the public in an emergency.

During a public health emergency, local areas may run out of critical medicines or medical supplies. The Strategic National Stockpile is designed for rapid deployment to quickly augment state and local supplies.

The medicines in SNS are free to everyone. The SNS has enough medicine stockpiled to protect everyone in several large cities at once.

The Georgia Department of Public Health and its 18 health districts are charged by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program with developing strategies to distribute and dispense medical countermeasures to residents of Georgia in as little as 48 hours in the event of a large-scale public health emergency. One of the dispensing modalities used during this time may be a Closed Point of Dispensing (POD).

A Closed POD is a private location where a predetermined population receives medications, vaccinations, or other medical counter measures are dispensed. This allows for a more rapid dispensing scenario and helps to ensure continuity of an agency. Long term care facilities, businesses, universities, and community organizations make ideal Closed POD locations.

The implementation of a Closed POD plan helps ensure continuity of your agency’s operations as well as helping the local community response by reducing the population being served by the public/Open POD sites. Implementation ensures employees are protected, and therefore able to continue working and/or return to work more quickly. Employees will feel secure in knowing that their organization is willing to take the “extra step” to ensure that they and their families are taken care of during a public health emergency.

Private Industry POD Partner Enrollment Form


 Medical Countermeasures Full-Scale Exercise Meeting Documents :


Medical Countermeasures Meeting Initial Planning Meeting Agenda and Sign-in Sheet

Medical Countermeasures Midpoint Planning Meeting Agenda and Sign-in Sheet



For more information please contact:
Megan Parker at 478-275-6607 or Jill Bracewell at 478-274-7951