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Kentucky Department for Public Health First in Nation to Host Training

Press Release Date:  Thursday, July 06, 2006  
Contact Information:  Gwenda Bond or Barbara Fox
(502) 564-6786
 


Statewide News Release                                                                Contact: Gwenda Bond or Barbara Fox

                                                                                                                          (502) 564-6786

 

Kentucky Department for Public Health First in Nation to Host Training

Training to address CDC inventory tracking system

 

     FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 6, 2006) – The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has been selected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to host the first inventory management system training course offered to all states.

      The newly created inventory training course will be July 10-11 at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. The course covers procedures for proper receiving, staging and storing federal assets, such as medical supplies deployed through the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). Representatives from across the country have been invited to attend the course.

     “We are honored that the CDC has selected Kentucky as the site for this valuable nationwide training,” said William D. Hacker, M.D., commissioner for public health and acting undersecretary for health at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. ”By planning, preparing and practicing for disasters, we are taking significant steps to ensure a successful deployment of the SNS should the need arise for the stockpile to be deployed to Kentucky.”

     The federal government initially established the CDC’s SNS program in 1999 to assist states and communities in responding to public health emergencies, including those resulting from terrorist attacks and natural disasters. The SNS program ensures the availability of medicines, antidotes, medical supplies and medical equipment necessary for states to counter the effects of biological pathogens and chemical and nerve agents. State, local and private stocks of medical material could be quickly depleted during an emergency. In the event of a national emergency, the SNS program stands ready for deployment to any U.S. location within 12 hours. Each state has plans to receive and distribute SNS medicine and medical supplies to local communities as quickly as possible.

     In conjunction with the inventory tracking system course, the CDC will conduct SNS mobile preparedness course sessions during the week of July 10-14 at the Fire Training Center in Lexington and at Eagle Lake Convention Center in Lawrenceburg. During the course, participants will receive an overview of the mission, operation and deployment of the SNS. In addition, attendees will learn to properly receive, stage and store the SNS materials in a warehouse environment.

     Local and state-level public health administrators, directors, policy specialists, planners, pharmacy professionals and emergency responders will be attending the training sessions.

    More information on the Strategic National Stockpile program is available at: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/stockpile/

 

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Last Updated 7/6/2006