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Strategic National Stockpile Program

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The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has adopted a set of pictogram signage for local health departments to use to direct people through Points of Dispensing (PODs) and mass care clinics that would serve as dispensing sites.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) contains large quantities of medicine and medical supplies to help protect the public in the event of a public health emergency such as a terrorist attack, flu outbreak or natural disaster. The SNS is designed to supplement and resupply hospitals, state/local public health and emergency management agencies when an emergency overwhelms local resources anywhere and at any time within the U.S. or its territories. The SNS may be deployed in several ways to assure federal assets are made available for a wide range of emergencies. The first line of support consists of 12-Hour Push Packages. These are caches of pharmaceuticals, antidotes and medical supplies designed for rapid delivery in the early hours of an event. If the incident requires additional pharmaceuticals and/or medical supplies, follow-on managed inventory (MI) supplies will be delivered to the Commonwealth usually within about 24-36 hours. If the agent is well-defined, MI can be tailored to provide pharmaceuticals, supplies and/or products specific to the suspected or confirmed agent(s).

The Commonwealth's SNS program is led by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), which acts in close coordination with Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and several other key state agencies. The Emergency Preparedness & Response Programs (EP&R) coordinates SNS planning and training using an all-hazards approach. EP&R is also responsible for maintaining the state's SNS program in compliance with federal grants, statutes and presidential directives. VDH also offers assistance and guidance to local health departments which coordinate jurisdictional-level response capabilities in partnership with local government officials, emergency management agencies, health care institutions and other key partners.

If you have questions or wish to share comments with us concerning Virginia's Strategic National Stockpile Program, or for further information, please contact:

Steve Harrison, State Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator

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SNS Pictogram Signage

The Virginia Department of Health has a set of pictogram signage available for local health departments to use to direct people through Points of Dispensing (PODs) and mass care clinics that would serve as dispensing sites for SNS medications. “Pictogram signs” use pictures to communicate information to people who may be challenged in understanding written or spoken English such as deaf and hard of hearing and non-English speaking people. These signs can be used to assist in meeting communications requirements of the CDC's state and local Technical Assessment Reviews (TARs). Many of the pictogram signs can also be used in an "all-hazards" manner. They can also be used at disaster assistance centers or in shelters.


The pictogram signage illustrates key POD functions, such as registration and, as a complete package, creates a step-by-step approach to public flow through a POD. Each sign includes a picture and accompanying words in English and Spanish. The pictogram signage is available for local health departments (LHDs) to download and use at walk-in and drive-thru PODs. Staff can choose from a variety of sizes, file formats and layouts when selecting the signs that best accommodate their messaging needs and POD settings. The pictogram signage files are available in the following formats: JPEG; PDF and PowerPoint. The signs were designed so that the LHDs can add their logos, color borders and/or additional languages if needed. Click here to access the signage file package.


To assist local health departments with displaying the pictogram signage for the purpose of mass dispensing clinics or PODs, VDH has created recommendations based primarily on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and U.S. Access Board Design Guidelines. These are not intended to be mandated guidelines. Click here to view the recommendations.


To view the CDC's webcast Mass Antibiotic Dispensing: Engaging At-risk Populations, click here.


VDH adopted additional picture-based resources, including a children's coloring book. These resources include important information about emergency preparedness such as key items for an emergency kit and ways to stay safe in emergencies.

To share comments with us concerning the pictogram signage, or for further information, please contact Cynthia Shelton.

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Last Updated: 06-11-2014

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