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where everything from pain medicine to bioterrorism vaccines to ventilators to food rations to ancient stone tablet vessels are kept. Top Men assure us all that we're prepared for almost anything

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When Greg Burel tells people he's in charge of some secret government warehouses, he often gets asked if they're like the one at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the Ark of the Covenant gets packed away in a crate and hidden forever.


"Well, no, not really," says Burel, director of a program called the Strategic National Stockpile at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Thousands of lives might someday depend on this stockpile, which holds all kinds of medical supplies that the officials would need in the wake of a terrorist attack with a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon.


The location of these warehouses is secret. How many there are is secret. (Although a former government official recently said at a public meeting that there are six.) And exactly what's in them is secret.


"If everybody knows exactly what we have, then you know exactly what you can do to us that we can't fix," says Burel. "And we just don't want that to happen."


What he will reveal is how much the stockpile is worth: "We currently value the inventory at a little over $7 billion."

But some public health specialists worry about how all this would actually be deployed in an emergency.


"The warehouse is fine in terms of the management of stuff in there. What gets in the warehouse and where does it go after the warehouse, and how fast does it go to people, is where we have questions," says Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University.


I recently asked to go take a look at one of the warehouses, and was surprised when the answer was yes. I was told I was the first reporter ever to visit a stockpile storage site.

Since I had to sign a confidentiality agreement, I can't describe the outside. But the inside is huge.


"If you envision, say, a Super Walmart and stick two of those side by side and take out all the drop ceiling, that's about the same kind of space that we would occupy in one of these storage locations," Burel says.


A big American flag hangs from the ceiling, and shelves packed with stuff stand so tall that looking up makes me dizzy.


"We have the capability, if something bad happens, that we can intervene in a positive way, but then we don't ever want to have to do that. So it's kind of a strange place," says Burel. "But we would be foolish not to prepare for those events that we could predict might happen."


The Strategic National Stockpile got its start back in 1999, with a budget of about $50 million. Since then, even though the details aren't public, it's clear that it has amassed an incredible array of countermeasures against possible security threats.


The inventory includes millions of doses of vaccines against bioterrorism agents like smallpox, antivirals in case of a deadly flu pandemic, medicines used to treat radiation sickness and burns, chemical agent antidotes, wound care supplies, IV fluids and antibiotics.


I notice that one section of the warehouse is caged off and locked. Shirley Mabry, the logistics chief for the stockpile, says that's for medicines like painkillers that could be addictive, "so that there's no pilferage of those items."
As we walk, I hear a loud hum.  http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots...ntent=link

~mc~

Never seen anything like this before.. Thanks FS !!

Guest

Just wondering who all that shit is for???????

~mc~

(06-28-2016, 10:47 AM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]Just wondering who all that shit is for???????

The zombie apocalypse Yeah

Tiny.2

(06-28-2016, 10:49 AM)~mc~ Wrote: [ -> ]
(06-28-2016, 10:47 AM)Guest Wrote: [ -> ]Just wondering who all that shit is for???????

The zombie apocalypse Yeah

ZOMBEAVERS ????

no joke, its an actual movie............. Chuckle
Notice the article says for thousands of injured people. Not millions. I can see the young and strong would qualify. Not the very young or pensioners. I've been advised to stay away from the FEMA work/slave camps. I know a game changer is upon us. Heck, the world powers have been at the brink of nuclear inhalation before and none of this FEMA Jade helm and stockpiles of medical supplies existed. I wish people would bump hip to the hidden message.