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Training and Exercises

Online Courses:  CDC TRAIN

Select webinars are offered via CDC TRAIN, a tool which provides access to more than 1,300 courses developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for programs, grantees, and other funded partners. Simply create an account and register for TRAIN to access the online courses below.

  • Strategic National Stockpile Overview: This 1-hour course provides background information on the stockpile for all levels of planners, responders, and those involved in medical countermeasure operations. Course ID# 1059349.
  • Mass Dispensing Overview: A Stockpile Perspective: This 1-hour course introduces state and local planners, responders, and anyone working with medical countermeasure 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.
  • Closed Point of Dispensing Considerations: A Stockpile Perspective: This 60-90 minute course is for planners and coordinators creating a closed point of dispensing 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.
  • Receive, Stage and Store Warehouse – Floor Marking: This short video is a reference for responders on how to prepare their warehouses 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 video provides a quick-learn reference for those who need to receive stockpile products during a public health event. Course ID# 1058297.


Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Webinar Series

This webinar series is designed to familiarize partners and stakeholders with critical concepts related to the pharmaceutical supply chain and the role of the Strategic National Stockpile.

  • Navigating the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
    Original date: April 15, 2016 
    | Course ID#: 1068117
    This informational webinar includes a discussion on the interconnected nature of the pharmaceutical supply chain and an overview of pharmaceutical supply chain logistics topics, including third-party logistics, just-in-time inventory, and the complexities of forecasting demand and allocation.
  • Partnering with the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
    Original date: May 10, 2016
    | Course ID# 1068159
    This webinar addresses the critical need for partnerships between public health and the private-sector pharmaceutical supply chain. Participants will learn about common obstacles to restoration of services for pharmaceutical supply chain components following a disaster.
  • Principles of Pharmaceutical Regulation
    Original date: June 23, 2016
    | Course ID#: 1068316
    This webinar helps participants better understand pharmaceutical regulation in the United States, supply chain protection and mitigation programs in place, and regulatory processes related to Strategic National Stockpile products.
  • Understanding Drug Shortages
    Original date: June 6, 2016
    | Course ID#: 1068323
    This webinar helps participants understand drug shortages, why they occur, and current trends. Speakers will also discuss how the FDA and drug manufacturers work to prevent and mitigate drug shortages.

In-Person Training

Through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness, 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.  Travel, meals and boarding for attendees are paid for by FEMA.

  • Introduction to Strategic National Stockpile Operations Course:  This  5-day 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 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 2 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 Training

State and local officials may request an in-person stockpile training at their location. Stockpile experts arrange for course dates and locations with requesting project area officials. The courses can be modified for a specific audience, and the stockpile offers continuing education credits for these courses.

Receive, Stage and Store (RSS) Course: This 2-day course 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. To request access to this training, please email us at​.

Exercise Support

Stockpile exercise staff are well versed in the use of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program and provide technical expertise and material support to state, local, tribal and territorial public health partners by assisting with the design and conduct of exercises that validate all-hazards preparedness plans and training programs. In addition, exercise personnel are available to participate in state or local exercises by serving as controllers and players.

This group of experts also conducts exercises, drills and discussions to enhance and validate alternative emergency medical supply chain preparedness within the stockpile, in collaboration with other federal agencies, and by collaborating with private industry and medical supply chain organizations.


  • This page last reviewed: December 12, 2018