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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Requesting SNS Assets

Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the event state and local supplies are depleted and commercial supplies are unavailable to support response needs, states, territories, tribal nations, and the largest metropolitan areas may request federal assistance from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). This includes requests for supplemental supplies and durable assets such as personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, medical countermeasures (MCM), and Federal Medical Stations (FMS).

Regional Emergency Coordinators (RECs) assigned to each of the HHS regions throughout the country should work directly with the public health authorities to determine PPE, ventilator, MCM and FMS needs and assist with those requests. For areas of intense COVID-19 transmission, the REC may submit a request from the region to the HHS Secretary’s Operations Center (SOC) for additional supplies. This SOC coordination is important to manage simultaneous requests from the regions for supplies.


The SOC, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and SNS, will identify the most effective method for obtaining the needed supplies from the medical supply chain or from federal stockpiles. When supplies are deployed, the public health authority is then responsible for distributing the medical materials to areas in need based on established distribution plans. Any SNS durable assets received by the state, territory, tribal nation, or locality will require a transfer of title for SNS assets to be signed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the memorandum of agreement executed between SNS and the public health authority.

  • This page last reviewed: October 06, 2020