Public Health Emergency - Leading a Nation Prepared
In a public health emergency that requires stockpiled medical countermeasures (MCM), readiness at the state and local levels to receive and make effective use of these products is critical. In an effort to ensure operational readiness in Minnesota well before stockpile materials are actually needed, state public health partners tapped
stockpile experts for training and exercise support to specifically prepare their receipt, stage, and store (RSS) facility and personnel for activation.
Heeding Minnesota’s request for support,
Strategic National Stockpile’s Rick Bishop and Daryl Shannon traveled to Minneapolis to conduct an onsite, two-day RSS training course at a local office building and maintenance facility, which offered approximately 40,000 square feet of empty floor space for conducting the highly interactive hands-on course.
The standard course curriculum also includes a half-day activity where participants receive, store, pick, and stage simulated material for movement to dispensing and treatment sites in the local community.
“Many of the students had at least some supply chain experience; just not at the level required for RSS operations,” said Bishop. “We did not need to focus on basic tasks, such as pallet wrapping, but rather focused on collective capabilities, which drove much of the classroom discussions. It was especially rewarding to see that participants were able to grasp RSS-related supply chain operation quickly and also work together to identify best practices and improvements to incorporate into their existing RSS facility activation plans.”
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