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The Anarchist: Strategic National Stockpile Activation

This tabletop exercise presents a fictitious scenario in which anthrax spores are intentionally released via an aerosol dispersal device into a crowded shopping mall.

Quick Facts

Topics: Bioterrorism, Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Leadership & Management

Format: Exercises and Drills

Time: Varies

Cost: Free

NWCPHP trainings are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

Description

This tabletop exercise presents a fictitious scenario in which anthrax spores are intentionally released via an aerosol dispersal device into a crowded shopping mall, prompting the need for local assessments leading to a request to activate the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS). The exercise emphasizes policy issues in addition to operational procedures relevant to incident command systems. The exercise helps participants prepare for similar events by examining the issues relevant to SNS activation and mass dispensing.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify some of the participating organization's current strengths and gaps in relation to SNS activation
  • Review and list the various roles, functions, and procedures involved in SNS activation
  • Identify issues relevant to SNS activation and preparing for mass dispensing, e.g., policies, resources, communication, coordination, data management, and mental health needs

Intended Audience

Public health workers and their local emergency response counterparts (e.g., EMS, hospital workers, public safety and response leaders) who would like to gain knowledge and skills in the SNS activation process.

Quick Facts

Topics: Bioterrorism, Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Infectious Disease & Immunizations, Leadership & Management

Format: Exercises and Drills

Time: Varies

Cost: Free

NWCPHP trainings are accessed through PH LearnLink. See help.

Format

This tabletop exercise contains a PowerPoint presentation, a facilitator's manual, and handouts. This tabletop will take approximately one to three hours to complete.

Lead Course Developer

Andy Stergachis, PhD, RPh
Professor of Epidemiology and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy
Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, School of Public Health, University of Washington

Competencies

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