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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 may request federal assistance from the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). This includes requests for supplemental supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, and medical countermeasures.

Once the request for assistance is approved, ASPR, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will direct the SNS to deploy supplies. For purposes of the COVID-19 response, ASPR is integrated with FEMA in the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) for coordinated logistics operations to leverage all available resources. When supplies are deployed, the state is then responsible for distributing the supplies to areas in need based on established distribution plans.


Regional Emergency Coordinators (RECs) assigned to each of the HHS regions throughout the country are working directly with states to determine PPE, ventilator and MCM needs and to assist with their requests to the NRCC. For areas of intense COVID-19 transmission, the REC may submit a request from the state for additional supplies. This strategic coordination is important to manage simultaneous requests for supplies.

  • This page last reviewed: April 16, 2020