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Strategic National Stockpile: A Look Back at the Last 20 Years - Alternative Description for Time-Based Media

The following is a text alternative description for the Strategic National Stockpile: A Look Back at the Last 20 Years.

[The video begins with the seal of the Department of Health and Human Services and the ASPR logo with the tagline "Saving Lives. Protecting Americans.]

[Music and random images of fire fighters and the New York City's World Trade Center following 911, CDC and SNS personnel.]

George W. Bush, Former President of the United States of America: Today, we've had a national tragedy. Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center and have ordered that the full resources of the federal government go to help the victims and their families.

Unknow Male Voice: On August 29, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. The world watched as the levees surrounding New Orleans failed flooding the city leaving tens of thousands stranded and more than a thousand dead.

[Music continues and a timeline of the Strategic National Stockpile Response History is illustrated:]

  • 1999 - Stockpile Established
  • 2001 - World Trade Center & Amtrak Attacks
  • 2005 - Hurricane Katrina
  • 2008 - Hurricane Gustav & Ike
  • 2009 - H1N1 Pandemic Influenza North Dakota Flooding
  • 2010 - Hurricane Alex & North Dakota Flooding
  • 2011 - Hurricane Irene
  • 2012 - Hurricane Isaac & Sandy
  • 2014 - Botulism Outbreak & Ebola
  • 2015 - Ebola
  • 2016 - Zika Virus
  • 2017 - Zika & Hurricane Harvey, Irma & Maria

[More random images of a warehouse and SNS personnel]

Steve Adams, Deputy Director: The program began in 1999 with the discovery of funding and the annual appropriation. The first operational driver was to create a capability to address the Y2K or the year 2000 event. I think was the term used.

Tom Jackson, Strategic Logistics Branch: They were afraid that there was going to be an interruption of supplies to hospitals and to the clinics. So they decided, the U.S. Government decided to put together a cache of material that could be used to supplement those organizations if there was an eruption and supply because of the the Y2K changeover.

Ron Ottem, Strategic Logistics Branch Chief: The program was essentially non-existent. It was almost like building a plane as you flew it. And I remember there was a couple people - we all started at the same time - and they were looking for SOPs and I basically had to explain there is no SOP. This is putting a program together.

Sue Gorman, Science Branch Chief: We were in a double-wide trailer over at the chamblee campus. We only had a handful of people to start with and we had a 50 million dollar budget to create a stockpile. There were only a handful of thread agents we needed to be prepared for and not too many casualties for any of those specific threats.

Tony Nanes, Operational Logistics Branch: I remember our inventory is starting. We would be personally in the racks. We didn't have contracted staff per se like we would have our 3 PLs currently.

Jason Stear, Management & Business Operations Branch: We had the resources that we needed, but the experience was largely unheard of. A lot of it was putting pieces together on the fly and making things that would work both from a programmatic standpoint, but also from a regulatory standpoint. And then also, serving the state and local partners.

Lisa Dillard, Information and Planning Branch Chief: I think the only thing that's been constant in the stockpile are the people. Because our mission from 2002 to going into 2020 has taken on aspects of public health and response that we really didn't think we would do in the beginning.

David Allen, Operational Logistics Branch: The importance of the start of the stockpile is there's two missions that to me are really the big piece. It's the big mission that everybody focuses on that you know that it's a huge disaster where we're treating hundreds of millions. But the day-to-day stuff is what a lot of people don't see so when the soldier has a bad reaction to a smallpox or someone's accidentally exposed to anthrax. We're the ones where the state or local governments will come and ask to provide the vaccines to treat that person.

Fran Harrell, Management & Business Operations Branch Chief: It's exciting to be part of an organization who knows our business so well that we can change and adapt and adjust to whatever is needed at any time. And, everyone seamlessly and flawlessly goes from our everyday job that we are doing to support the stockpile into a response. We know what we're supposed to do and we can just roll right into that use our expertise from our day-to-day job as well what we've learned over the years as the organization has matured and  evolved.

Tony Nanes, Operational Logistics Branch: You find that common ground and all of us have the same common ground. It's to serve the people to get them the medications they need to save their lives. And in an emergency, you always fall back on that.

Greg Burel, Director: We've grown, we've changed and we have matured as a very strong capable organization. We do supply chain logistics management that centers delivery of medical countermeasures to support the nation's health. We get the right thing to the right place at the right time every time. And people rely on us to do that.

Ron Ottem, Strategic Logistics Branch Chief: Without SNS, our public health readiness would be a limit..very limited capability. Without SNS, I think it puts us in great jeopardy.

Greg Burel, Director: When I think about the next twenty years, I think about all the advances we're seeing technologically. I think that will continue to improve our knowledge and our input into the supply chain and our understanding back from the supply chain about what it can do to help us accomplish this mission.

Dr. Robert Kadlec, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response: Over the past twenty years our country has faced threats such as the events of September 11th, emerging diseases like Zika and Ebola, pandemic influenza and devastating weather events like Hurricanes Katrina and Maria as well as superstorm Sandy. In the midst of it all, the readiness of the strategic national stockpile remain constant. I am honored to welcom the stockpile into the ASPR family. This integration aligns with ASPR's mission and better prepares HHS to respond to future emergencies. I look forward to working together as we set the course for the next twenty years of saving lives and protecting Americans from 21st century health threats.

[The video concludes with a non-descript background followed by the ASPR logo captioned, “Saving Lives. Protecting Americans.”]

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  • This page last reviewed: October 17, 2019