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Florida's Introduction to Strategic National Stockpile and Mass Dispensing Course

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The Federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is a program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide large quantities of essential medical supplies to states and communities who have exhausted local or regional supplies during an emergency. Florida's SNS Program prepares (through planning, implementation, training, exercise, and evaluation) the state to receive and distribute SNS assets and to provide guidance and assistance to the counties in their preparations for mass dispensing campaigns. The goal of the SNS program is to minimize the loss of lives during a catastrophic public health emergency by providing needed medicines and medical supplies to 100% of the population within 48 hours.

The following course provides an overview of Florida's SNS program and most importantly, provides context for those who may play a part in delivering needed medical supplies to impacted communities effectively and efficiently.  

Course Objectives:
Upon successfully completing this course, you will understand:

  • The scope and purpose of Florida's Strategic National Stockpile Program
  • Your community's mass dispensing roles and responsibilities
  • The two primary methods of distributing and dispensing supplies
  • How mass dispensing incidents are managed
  • The various roles you may be called on to play

Target Audience:
This course is designed for Florida Department of Health staff, volunteers, and partner agencies.

Course Registration 

All participants must complete the registration form in TRAIN prior to taking Florida's Introduction to Strategic National Stockpile and Mass Dispensing Course. To access the registration form, use the link below:

Course Registration

Course Instructions:

Florida's Introduction to Strategic National Stockpile and Mass Dispensing Course takes approximately one hour to complete and will cover the modules below.  Participant must receive a passing score on each module assessment to progress to the next module.

Course Introduction
What is SNS?
Mass Dispensing Basics
Incident Management
What's Required of You?

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be required to score an 80% or higher to receive a Certificate of Completion. An electronic copy of the Certificate of Completion will be available for printing. Please print a copy for your records before closing the screen. A copy will not be provided via email.

Additional Resources 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Strategic National Stockpile:
CDC's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public in the event there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack,
flu outbreak, earthquake) severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. To find out more information about the CDC's SNS program, visit the following link below.

Emergency Management Institute offers Incident Command System (ICS) curricula with courses 
that meet the requirements specified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS). To find out more information about FEMA courses being offered, visit the following link below.

Cities Readiness Initiative Resource Toolkit - This toolkit is designed to assist county health department planners and other community partners with Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and medical countermeasure planning. The sharing of tools, resources, and successful practices can help counties establish, sustain, evaluate, and enhance local projects.


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For technical assistance and course-related questions, please email

Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support, Bureau of Preparedness and Response
Phone Number: 850.245.4040