by David Gutierrez, Natural News:
Is it “crazy” and “paranoid” to stockpile supplies against the possibility of widespread social collapse? Not according to the federal government.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains six warehouses stockpiled billions of dollars worth of medical supplies to be used to respond to any national medical emergency, including a flu pandemic or terrorist attack. Both the contents and locations of the warehouses are kept secret by law.
“If everybody knows exactly what we have, then you know exactly what you can do to us that we can’t fix,” said Greg Burel, who directs the program, known as the Strategic National Stockpile.
The Strategic National Stockpile was launched in 1999, with a $50 million budget. The value of the stockpile now exceeds $7 billion.
Enormously expensive project
The warehouses are enormous; Burel describes them as two Super Walmarts side-by-side, without the drop ceiling.
Nell Greenfieldboyce of National Public Radio, who recently became the first reporter allowed to visit one of the warehouses, said that “shelves packed with stuff stand so tall that looking up makes me dizzy.”
Although the specific contents of the stockpile are classified, the CDC says that, in general terms, the stockpiles contain millions of vaccine doses (for both pandemic and bioterrorist events), radiation treatments, antidotes to chemical weapons, and standard medical supplies such as antibiotics, IV fluid and wound care supplies. Greenfieldboyce writes of an entire caged, locked section of the warehouse that she was told contain addictive painkillers, and a giant freezer for the storage of more perishable drugs.
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