For Immediate Release
Jonathan Larance, 785-291-3684
Topeka—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Bureau of Community Health Systems and its planning partners received a perfect score of 100 on the 2011 Division of Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Technical Assistance Review (TAR).
The TAR is an annual assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the overall Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program, including the comprehensive exercises conducted during the month of May and other planning, training and exercises conducted from July 2010 to June 2011. The TAR has been in place since 2004, and this is the first time the department has received a perfect score.
Maintaining a high state TAR score is a requirement of the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) grant, which is administered by KDHE. While Kansas has received a current score of 100, preparedness efforts are ongoing and constant improvement is required to maintain these capabilities. Half of the PHEP grant funds are distributed by KDHE to local health organizations for public health preparedness.
“Being able to distribute and dispense medications in an emergency is truly a life-saving operation,” explained KDHE Secretary Robert Moser, MD. “This review indicates the state is doing all that is possible to prepare.”
The SNS program is a federally-managed system that, in the event of a major emergency, provides medication, medical equipment and medical supplies to local areas to support the local response to the emergency. The medical emergency could be natural or human-caused. Typical planning scenarios include terrorist attack, pandemic influenza and mass Anthrax exposure. In the event of such an emergency, citizens would be given specific instructions, and in most cases, would be directed to go to various Points of Dispensing to receive medication.
For more information on public health preparedness, visit www.kdheks.gov/cphp/index.htm.