CDC Offers Preparedness Training for Local Health Departments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) has announced its SNS Preparedness Course and Mass Antibiotic Dispensing Train-the-Trainer (MADT) course schedules for federal fiscal year 2014-2015.

The SNS Preparedness course is a 3-day “blended” course using self-paced learning, virtually-led classrooms, and in-person training to provide state, regional, and local planners and medical countermeasure (MCM) staff with the information needed to design and execute MCM mass distribution and dispensing operations (course code: AE).  This course includes instruction on the SNS formulary, warehouse operations, distribution methods, and point of dispensing (POD) operations. There are no prerequisites for this course. The SNS Preparedness Course is being held on the following dates during this fiscal year:

  • February 18-20, 2015, (registration is now open)
  • May 4-6, 2015
  • August 10-12, 2015

The MADT course is designed to prepare state and local public health staff to implement mass dispensing training for their agencies or jurisdictions (course code: AD). Using adult learning theory, instructional design concepts, and practical knowledge from conducting hundreds of preparedness courses, the MADT instructors will help improve your preparedness training. Prerequisites for this course are attendance at CDC’s SNS Preparedness course, Mass Antibiotic Dispensing course, or Mobile Preparedness course and at least a part-time role as trainer. Courses are planned for:

  • May 27-29, 2015
  • August  24-26, 2015

The training is provided in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama. Interested state and local public health preparedness staff can apply through CDP’s  registration system. Open season for applications is approximately three months from the start of each course. Courses are free and all travel expenses will be paid for by FEMA for state and local personnel. Once the application is submitted in the CDP system, the application will go through the local approval process and then be forward to the state CDP training coordinator. For questions or issues about the CDP training application, contact CDP Student Services at or 866-213-9553. FEMA has also created a  Frequently Asked Questions page to assist applicants with the registration process.

Beyond the SNS Preparedness and MADT Courses, the CDC DSNS also offer a variety of other trainings including Mass Dispensing Workshops, a Receive, Stage, and Store Course, and a Public Information and Communications Course. A full listing of DSNS offered courses and training resources can be found on the SNS Extranet (login required). Persons wanting more information about these additional DSNS courses should contact Stacee Lewis, DSNS Training Manager, at or (770) 488-2551.

About Raymond Puerini

Raymond Puerini, MPH, is a Senior Program Analyst on the Environmental Health, Pandemic Preparedness, and Catastrophic Response team at NACCHO. His work includes sharing best practices for the distribution and dispensing of medical countermeasures and developing policy and guidance to support strategic national stockpile responses. Twitter: @Are_You_Ray_Dy

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