northwest health district alert:

Northwest Georgia health departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker counties will be closed Monday, January 17, for Martin Luther King Day and will reopen Tuesday, January 18. Read More

Strategic National Stockpile

The Strategic National Stockpile is a national supply of medication and medical supplies for emergency situations. Within 12 to 24 hours, the CDC can deploy a large shipment of supplies, knows as a ‘push pack’, to anywhere in the US to supplement and re-supply state and local health and medical resources.

Past Responses Using SNS Supplies:

  • September 11, 2001: World Trade Center Attacks
  • October 2001: Anthrax Response
  • August-September 2005: Hurricane Katrina
  • 2009: H1N1
  • 2020 COVID-19

Point of Dispensing (POD):
A Point of Dispensing site is a mass medication dispensing location that is capable of providing emergency medication or SNS supplies to protect the general population from biological threats or epidemics in a timely and efficient manner. Dispensing sites will be used to complete the goal of dispensing medications to the entire population affected within 48 hours.

Closed Points of Dispensing:
A Closed POD is a POD location where organizations have agreed to dispense medical countermeasures to their employees and their family members on-site in response to a public health threat or emergency.

In order to participate as a Closed Point of Dispensing, your organization will need to:

  • Have personnel available who can legally dispense medication in the state of Georgia
  • Be willing to dispense medication to your employees, their family members, and patients/students/inmates/etc
  • Be willing to share contact information and estimated number to be served with Northwest Georgia Public Health
  • Have a plan and an identified location for dispensing operations
  • Complete a Closed Point of Dispensing Program Enrollment Form


Closed Point of Dispensing Toolkit

Department of Health and Human Services