Iowa's Strategic National Stockpile Program


The goal of this course is to provide an overview of Iowa's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) plan.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course are persons at both the state and local level who may be involved in the state's operational plan for the receipt, allocation and/or distribution of medical assets during a public health emergency.


The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be 1 hour.

Capabilities identified:                     

  • Capability 2: Community Recovery
    • Function 1: Identify and monitor public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health system recovery needs.
    • Function 2: Coordinate community public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health system recovery operations
  • Capability 6: Information Sharing
    • Function 1: Identify stakeholders to be incorporated into information flow
    • Function 2: Identify and develop rules and data elements for sharing
    • Function 3: Exchange information to determine a common operating picture
  • Capability 7: Mass Care
    • Function 2: Determine mass care needs of impacted population
    • Function 4: Monitor mass care population health
  • Capability 8: Medical Countermeasure Dispensing
    • Function 1: Identify and initiate medical countermeasure dispensing strategies
  • Capability 9: Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
    • Function 1: Direct and activate medical materiel management and distribution

Competencies identified:

  • 1.1 Solve problems under emergency conditions.
    • 1.1.1 Recognize emergency conditions and the resulting problems.
    • 1.1.2 Evaluate the level of hazard or risk.
    • 1.1.3 Prioritize problems based on level of hazard and degree of risk.
    • 1.1.9 Implement action to solve the problem(s) in a timely fashion.
    • 1.1.17 Refer problems that fall outside his or her scope of authority to the appropriate person in the chain of command.
  • 1.3: Facilitate collaboration with internal and external emergency response partners.
    • 1.3.2 Develop partnerships among internal and external emergency response partners. 
    • 1.3.3 Develop collaborative emergency response plans and/or policies with appropriate internal and external emergency response partners. 
    • 1.3.5 Maintain agreements (e.g., MAAs, EMACs, MOUs) with external emergency response partners to secure and provide assistance and other resources in all phases of emergency preparedness and response.
  • 1.4:  Maintain situational awareness.
    • 1.4.3 Use information and resources to identify changes in the situation and/or response.
    • 1.4.5 Classify key resources that could be used for problem solving in the specific type of incident and the immediate needs of victims.
    • 1.4.10 Communicate methods for aligning response actions to leaders and team.
    • 1.4.12 Cooperate with others to resolve discrepancies or misperceptions regarding elements impacting situational awareness.
  • 1.5: Demonstrate respect for all persons and culture
    • 1.5.3 Develop partnerships with key stakeholders from diverse populations.
    • 1.5.5 Develop cross cultural strategies to address emergency situations and disseminate information.
    • 1.5.6 Assess the needs of vulnerable populations into all levels of emergency preparedness and response.
  • 1.6: Act within the scope of one’s legal authority.
    • 1.6.2 Apply appropriate public health authority to minimize adverse outcomes (e.g., persons, property, etc.)
    • 1.6.4 Respond legally and consistently within the values and mission of the public health organization.
    • 1.6.5 Document appropriate information relative to the application of the law.
  • 2.3 Report information potentially relevant to the identification and control of an emergency through the chain of command.
    • 2.3.2 Communicate within the organization’s defined command structure (i.e. report up, communicate down).
    • 2.3.3 Assess relevant emergency situational information coming into the agency.
    • 2.3.5 Communicate relevant information with to personnel in a timely fashion.
  •  3.3 Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws and workforce training).
    • 3.3.4 Apply knowledge and skills gained through participation in emergency preparedness and response activities to improve organization’s capacities.
    • 3.3.5 Apply organizational policies and plans during an emergency response.
    • 3.3.7 Apply mitigation strategies during an emergency response.

Course Content

There are five sections in this course:

  • Section 1: Introduction and Overview
  • Section 2: Requesting SNS Assets
  • Section 3: SNS Assets
  • Section 4: Receipt, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Assets
  • Section 5: Points of Dispensing (PODs)

There are review questions at the end of each section. These review questions will provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in these sections. There is also a post-test at the end of the course. For a full description of requirements for receiving a Certificate of Completion, please go to the next page.


This training course was developed in partnerships between Iowa Department of Public Health and The Institute for Public Health Practice.