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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 sns.ops@cdc.gov  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.


  • This page last reviewed: January 07, 2021