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Strategic National Stockpile Course Listing

Deploying a Federal Medical Station During the COVID-19 Response

A Federal Medical Station (FMS) is a deployable healthcare facility that can provide surge beds to support healthcare systems anywhere in the U.S. that are impacted by disasters or public health emergencies. To learn more about the assembly or operation of key component in the FMS deployment cache, see this series of FMS training videos.

Classroom Training for Public Health Planners

*Notice: All in-person classroom classes have been put on hold until further notice due to the COVID-19 Response.

Through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), the stockpile offers instructor-led courses to federal, state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders and public health planners.  Participants travel from as far as the South Pacific Islands for readiness training and hands-on exercises.  This quarterly course is hosted by FEMA at the CDP in Anniston, Alabama. Travel, meals and boarding for attendees are paid for by FEMA.

Introduction to the Strategic National Stockpile Operations Course

The Introduction to Strategic National Stockpile Operations Course is designed to train federal, state, local, territorial and tribal officials how to best plan and prepare for a public health emergency and how to use and manage stockpiled medicines and supplies in response to an incident like a terrorist attack, infectious disease outbreak, or a natural disaster.  The course, which lasts for five days, includes lessons on understanding the stockpile formulary, developing a response plan, and selecting receipt, stage and store sites, to name only a few topics. For two days, students are led from the classroom to the warehouse for hands-on activities related to receiving stockpile products, space planning, cold chain management and Federal Medical Station strategies.

On-Site Receive, Stage and Store (RSS) Training

The 2-day On Site Receive, Stage and Store Training teaches logistics planners, warehouse supervisors, and managers the four basic warehouse functions of receiving, storing, picking, and shipping for medicines and supply operations in a public health emergency. The course includes a half-day activity where responders accept, store, pick, and stage simulated material for movement to dispensing and treatment sites.

State and local officials may request this in-person stockpile training at their location. Stockpile experts arrange for course dates and locations. Courses can be modified for specific audiences.  Send an email to  to request this course.

Online Courses

Several online courses are offered via CDC TRAIN, a tool which provides access to over 1300 courses developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) programs, grantees, and other funded partners. Simply create an account and register for TRAIN to access the online courses below.

  • Introduction to Strategic National StockpileThis webcast is designed to familiarize partners and stakeholders with the Strategic National Stockpile, the nation’s largest supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. 
    Course ID# 1071037

  • Strategic National Stockpile Overview: This one-hour course provides background information on the stockpile for all levels of planners, responders, and those involved in medical countermeasure operations.
    Course ID# 1059349.

  • Closed Point of Dispensing Considerations: A Stockpile Perspective: This 60 – 90 minute course is for planners and coordinators creating a closed point of dispensing (POD) program for their jurisdiction. The course provides information on benefits and operational concepts for a jurisdiction to better respond to a large-scale public health emergency.
    Course ID# 1055915.

  • Crisis and Emergency Risk Communications in a Strategic National Stockpile Response: The purpose of this webinar is to provide public health planners with key considerations related to crisis and emergency risk communications and to an emergency medical countermeasure response that will inform, direct, and enhance comprehensive Strategic National Stockpile response plans.
    Course ID# 1076022

  • Extending Expiration Dates of Stockpiled Doxycycline for Anthrax Preparedness: Overview of FDA Guidance for Government Stockpilers: The purpose of this webinar is to provide stakeholders an overview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) April 17 draft guidance, Extending Expiration Dates of Doxycycline Tablets and Capsules in Strategic Stockpiles: Draft Guidance for Government Public Health and Emergency Response Stakeholders.
    Course ID# 1073481

  • Mass Dispensing Overview: A Stockpile Perspective: This one-hour course introduces state and local planners, responders, and anyone working with medical countermeasure (MCM) dispensing to mass dispensing operational concepts and focuses on large-scale public health emergencies such as a release of anthrax or a novel disease outbreak.
    Course ID# 1054681.

  • Receive, Stage and Store (RSS) Warehouse – Floor Marking Video: This short video is a quick learn lesson. It is an accessible reference for responders needing to prepare their warehouse to receive Strategic National Stockpile products during a large-scale public health emergency.
    Course ID#1052978

  • Safe Handling of 12-hour Push-Package Containers in the Stockpile: This 15-minute mobile-enabled video provides a quick-learn reference for those who need to receive stockpile products during a public health event.
    Course ID# 1058297

  • Temperature Considerations for Medical Countermeasures: The purpose of this webinar is to provide public health partners with an overview of the Strategic National Stockpile’s responsibilities for maintaining and distributing cold chain products. It will also explain what the state planning considerations should be for receiving and transporting medical countermeasures (MCM) from the stockpile to local vaccination points.
    Course ID# 1086315

  • Federal Medical Station (FMS) Orientation by the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) webinar now available on TRAIN: The purpose of this webinar is to provide public health partners with an overview of the FMS mission, capabilities, and formulary, as well as an orientation to the 50-bed and 250-bed FMS cache configurations, components of an FMS bariatric kit, and facility and logistical support requirements to successfully conduct FMS operations, and components of an FMS bariatric kit.
    Course ID # 1089208

  • This page last reviewed: September 09, 2020