Fox 4 News - U.S. Safety Responding to H1N1


U.S. Safety is working with Congressional and Senate representatives to help make replenishing the nation's strategic national stockpile (SNS) of N95 respirators and medical masks a priority.

Having an appropriate stockpile is a critical element of the pandemic preparedness plan developed by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) shortly after the Avian Flu (H5N1) outbreak. Yet, the current stockpile only contains a tiny fraction of the respirators that HHS says would be needed in a full blown pandemic.

HHS representatives estimate that health workers and public safety workers alone would need 3.0 billion masks, and another 2.3 billion would be needed for the general public (mainly businesses). As of September, 2009, the stockpile contains less than 80 million respirators (less than 1% of what HHS says would be needed)

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