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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: January 15, 2010


Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) received a 98 percent average score on its annual Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) Technical Assessment Review (TAR), released Dec. 28, 2009. This score is a two percent increase from last year's score of 96 percent.

The review was conducted by DPH's Public Health Preparedness Section and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Strategic National Stockpile Consultants. Others involved in the TAR were the Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Delaware National Guard, Delaware State Police, Delaware Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Marshals Service.

Throughout each year these agencies work together on the SNS plan to ensure that if a large-scale emergency occurs in Delaware the public would be adequately supplied with essential medications and health equipment. The SNS stockpile was used for the outbreak of H1N1 influenza that occurred in April 2009 and continues.

DPH's SNS ratings are as follows:

In addition to its 98 percent average, the local jurisdiction received a 98 percent average on its Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) jurisdiction preparedness assessment. This score is a one percent increase above last year's 97 percent average. The SNS CRI evaluates the state's capabilities in distributing and dispensing SNS assets within the City of Dover and surrounding locations.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.