While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stockpiles food, water and generators, the SNS stockpiles medical supplies, drugs and vaccines in a secret warehouse just outside of Washington D.C. Today, the agency has an inventory that is valued at over $7 billion and has private locations across the country.
These supplies may be deployed during a terror attack, as seen in 2001 after the World Trade Center was struck. The supplies may be activated during a bio-terror threat, as seen during the anthrax, Ebola, H1N1 and Zika scares. The supplies may be deployed after a catastrophic hurricane, as witnessed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017.
In 2020, the SNS was called upon to deliver N95 respirators, surgical face masks, face shields, gloves and disposable gowns to states across the nation. As of late, the SNS has been aggressively stockpiling new medical supplies and medications, but what exactly are they stockpiling and what is the government preparing for now?
Each state now has a plan to quickly and efficiently receive and distribute SNS medicines and medical supplies to local communities. The director of the SNS, Greg Burel, said the SNS warehouses are being built up around the country and their location is to remain classified.
“If everybody knows exactly what we have, then you know exactly what you can do to us that we can’t fix,” Greg Burel, told the National Public Radio in a recent interview. “And we just don’t want that to happen.”
NPR science writer Nell Greenfieldboyce was cleared to tour one of the secretive SNS sites. Greenfieldboyce reported that the stockpiles include small pox vaccines, antibiotics, antivirals, painkillers, IV fluids, wound care supplies, ventilators, drugs to treat radiation sickness, and even antidotes to counter chemical weapons.
The Strategic National Stockpile is a bureaucracy with the power to determine universal protocols in a national emergency. This bureaucracy theoretically has the power to delegate and prescribe a one-size-fits-all medical plan during a crisis. After a hurricane, flood, or wildfire, these medical resources are often necessary and welcomed. However, during an outbreak or pandemic, these resources may not be suited for every community. The drugs and vaccines cause more harm than good, and do so on a mass scale. The agencies in charge of determining the stockpile's contents include the Department of Defense, the CDC and the FDA. They coordinate through the Public Health Emergency Medical Countermeasures Enterprise.
In essence, the SNS could serve as a conduit to conduct mass medical experiments on the population. If communities rely on a national protocol and a pre-determined national stockpile, local doctors and hospitals are forced to respond to crises in exactly the same manner. An antiviral and nutraceutical protocol could cheaply mitigate severe disease and save lives, but if the treatment is not in the national stockpile, then the doctors who use this protocol will not have access to it during an emergency.
Instead, they may have to rely on ventilators that could lead to ventilator-associated pneumonia. They may have to prescribe drugs that may have worse side effects. What role did the SNS play in providing the wrong kind of drugs and protocols during the covid-19 national emergency? How might this bureaucracy be used in the future to cause mass harm to the population?
Should a multi-disciplinary panel of medical professionals from all across the country have a say in what should be included in the strategic national stockpile? There is already evidence that the World Health Organization is planning for future pandemics and governments are planning out the next five pandemics. How might the SNS be used to carry out global experiments that cannot be tailored to the individual? How might these one-size-fits-all approaches be used to circumvent the doctor-patient relationship and disregard the unique medical situation an individual may face during a future national emergency?